Fires in Spain

ExtremeForest Fires in Portugal

9August 2005


NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center


East of the city of Ourense in northern Spain, fires were burning in the parched forests and woodlands on 7 August 2005. Fires continued in the tinder-dry landscapes of northern Portugal, particularly around the city of Porto. This image shows the region as it appeared during the afternoon (local time) overpass of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on 7 August. Places where MODIS detected active fires are marked in red (Source: Earth Observatory).



Current Fire Risk in Portugal:


The fire risk map of Monday 8 August shows highest fire risk in the areas where the fires are currently burning (Source: Meteorological Institute of Portugal,



For further information see GFMC Portugal update of 6 August 2005.



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