Fires in Portugal


26 August 2005

Current media information:


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

One of the worst droughts in decades combined with high temperatures is making the job of firefighters in Portugal difficult and dangerous, as they battle dozens of fires burning in the country’s parched woodlands. Fires have been burning off and on since July 2005, and by late August, the country is scattered with burn scars. 

25 August 2005
13:35 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

True colour: Bands 1-4-3
False Colour: Bands 7-2-1

The links provide a 250 m resolution for both scenes

This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite shows active fires (outlined in red) as well as dozens of burn scars (deep reddish brown) across Portugal. Vegetation is bright green. This image was captured by MODIS on 25 August 2005.

(Source: Earth Observatory)


ECPC Fire Weather Forecast: 

The GFMC displays selected and daily updated  Experimental Climate Prediction Center (ECPC)  Fire Weather Forecasts for Europe. These examples allow a quicklook and provide daily and weekly total forecasts. For background information refer to the ECPC products description page.

FWI forecast for the next 60hrs

Precipitation amount forecast for the next 60 hrs

Surface temperatures forecast for the next 60hrs

Relative humidity forecast for the next 60hrs

(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)



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