Latest satellite scenes showing fires and fire affected areas in Portugal and Spain:
The devastating fires that raged across Portugal in July and August 2005 did not spare the countrys largest park their fury. In central Portugal, almost the entire range of the countrys highest mountains, the Serra da Estrela, are part of a national park, in which a rural economy of agriculture, including herding of goats and sheep, co-exists with scenic views, significant cultural and historical sites, and good examples of glacier-carved topography.
AQUA ASTER 25 August 2005
Although small fires had started and been extinguished quickly in other parts of the Serra da Estrela in June and early July, around July 19, more fires broke out in the park. These fires exploded, spreading rapidly. Residents of towns and villas in the park had to evacuate as the flames raced through drought-stressed vegetation. The results of the blazes are captured in this image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASAs Aqua satellite from 25 August 2005. Vegetation appears in shades of red, developed areas appear white, water is blue, and burned areas are deep charcoal.
One of the worst droughts in decades combined with high temperatures is making the job of firefighters in Portugal and Spain difficult and dangerous, as they battle dozens of fires burning in the countrys parched woodlands. Fires have been burning off and on since July 2005, and by late August, the country is scattered with burn scars.
TERRA 28 August 2005 13:35 hrs UTC (Image courtesy MODIS) True colour: Bands 1-4-3 False Colour: Bands 7-2-1
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This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite shows active fires (outlined in red) as well as dozens of burn scars (deep reddish brown) across Portugal and Galicia (northern Spain). Vegetation is bright green. This image was captured by MODIS on 28 August 2005.