Fires in Spain and Portugal

Fires in Spain and Portugal

9August 2006

Hot and dry conditions settling in across the Iberian Peninsula brought devastating wildfires to Spain and Portugal in early August 2006.Since last week several forest fires blazed through the region of Galicia,Spain. Due to the serious situation the Spanish Ministry of Interior requestedthe activation of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection.

Spainhas requested the following European assistance through the Monitoring andInformation Centre (MIC):

  • 3 Canadair Aircraft
  • 5 Helicopters with water bucket or helitank
  • 20 Fire Trucks

This image of the area was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terrasatellite on 8 August  2006. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. Smoke spills out over the Atlantic Ocean.

8 August 2006

The high-resolution images provided above have a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.

See also some selected news reports from the media:

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