Fires in Spain

Fires inSpain

5 August 2005

Latest satellite scenes showing fires and fire affected areas in Central Spain:

On  04 August 2005, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured a view of the forest fires (marked in red) that were burning at several locations in drought struck Spain.


04 August 2005
11:10 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

True colour: Bands 1-4-3

False Colour: Bands 7-2-1

The links provide a 1 kmresolution for both scenes

The left  image  is a photo-like image in naturalcolours, while the right image has been enhanced by including MODIS’observations of infrared light. In the false colour scene, vegetation is brightgreen, clouds are light blue, and the burned area is magenta. Bright pinkindicates areas that were actively flaming at the time.

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Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI):

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)on NASA’s Terra satellitealso enhanced the previous image from 04 August 2005 by including theNormalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) which is strongly correlated tosurface temperatures and surface moisture status.

Click on scene for a 2km resolution


ECPC Fire Weather Forecast: 

The GFMC displays selected and daily updated  Experimental ClimatePrediction Center (ECPC)  Fire Weather Forecasts for Europe. Theseexamples allow a quicklook and provide daily and weekly total forecasts. Forbackground information refer to the ECPCproducts description page.

FWI forecast for the next week


Precipitation amount forecast for the next week


Surface temperatures forecast for the next week
Relative humidity forecast for the next week

(Source: ECPCFire Weather Index Forecast)

Theforecast indicates no extreme fire danger for Central Spain and the Pre-Pyrenees. Thecurrent fire danger, however, is due to unusually high day temperatures, lowprecipitation and low relative humidity


Satellite-derived vegetation health map:

The general stress situation is higher this year as comparedto 2004.
(Source: NOAA/NESDISCurrent Vegetation Health Image Maps)


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