Fires in Spain and Portugal

Fires in Spain and Portugal

10August 2006

In northwestern Spain and Portugal dozens of fires were racing through dryforests in early August 2006. This image of the area was captured by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)on NASA’s Terra satellite on 9 August 2006. Places where MODIS detected actively burning firesare marked in red. Thick smoke spreads out in a gray-brown plume to the west.Windy, dry weather was making the fires difficult to contain. According to newsreports, many of the fires in Spain appear to have been set by arsonists.

9 August 2006

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

(source: EarthObservatory)

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Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI):

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite also enhanced the previous image from 9 August 2006 by including the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) which is strongly correlated to surface temperatures and surface moisture status.

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 36 hrs

FWI forecast for the next week

Surface temperatures forecast for the next week

Precipitation amount forecast for the next week

Relative humidity forecast for the next week

Windspeed forecast for the next week

(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)

The forecast indicates no extreme fire danger for Galicia. The current fire danger, however, is due to unusually high day temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity

Formore details on fires in Spain:

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