Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team:
NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-14 AVHRR HRPT satellite image, 28 December 2000 at 21:39 UTC (left) and 21:51 UTC (right).
Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue) are visible from fires burning in Argentina.
The vegetation where the fires are currently burning is very similar to those described in Fire in the Caldenal Region (Central Argentina)
The large fires have been reported repeatedly by the GFMC:
First reports were provided on 12, 13, 15 and 21 December 2000.
For fire background information see: Pre-publication of the Argentina Country Report “Forest Fire Situation in Argentina” for the FAO Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000).
For further remotly sensed images see the GFMC archive: Brazil and Neighbouring Countries, and Argentina.