In northwestern Spain and Portugal dozens of fires were still racing through dryforests on 10 August 2006. This image of the area was captured by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)on NASAs Terra satellite on 10 August 2006. Places where MODIS detected actively burning firesare marked in red. Thick smoke spreads out in a gray-brown plume to the west.
TERRA 10 August 2006
The high-resolution images provided above have a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.
Nearly 4,700 people are currently employed in the extinction of fires in the Galicia area alone. The President of the Xunta de Galicia, Emilio Pérez Touriño, has called on local residents to help where they can, describing the situation as a fight for the country.Earlier over the weekend, a fire broke out on Saturday evening close to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Declared a level one risk, the fire near the Sarela river was brought quickly undercontrol. There was also a level one fire in Cerdero in Galicia which affected the towns of Vilaboa and Moaña. That fire caused two deaths when two women were burnt to death trapped in their car in Cerdedo on Fridayafternoon. Pontevedra is the area most affected by the fires. There, more than 4,000 hectares of generally mountain land has been affected so far.
Meanwhile in Cataluña a fire is raging close to Ventalló in Gerona. The blaze has destroyed over 1,000 hectares of land in five municipalities, most of itforestry. Another fire is currently raging in Capmany, in the district of lAlt Empordà, where several local inhabitants have been evacuated from their homes and a campsite has also beenevacuated. More than 540 residents of the Alto Ampurdán region were evacuated from their homes on Friday night, but were back home for Saturday. Its thought the fire was started deliberately, given that it is thought to have started close tomidnight. Police have arrested a man suspected of starting several of the wildfires.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite also enhanced the previous image from 10 August 2006 by including the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) which is strongly correlated to surface temperatures and surface moisture status.
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