Fires in Spain and Portugal

Fires in Spain and Portugal

12August 2006

In northwestern Spain and Portugal dozens of fires were still racing through dryforests on 11 August 2006. The fires have claimed three lives in Galicia, andseven in neighbouring Portugal so far. A voluntary firefighter has been arrestedon suspicion of starting several fires. The mayor of Pontevedra is among thosewho believe a criminal gang is responsible. The Spanish army is workingalongside the 7,000 firefighters battling the flames. Madrid has asked theEuropean Union for assistance. 

11 August 2006

This image of the area was captured by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)on NASA’s Aqua satellite on 11 August 2006. Places where MODIS detected actively burning firesare marked in red. Thick smoke spreads out in a gray-brown plume to the west. 

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


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Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI):

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite enhanced the  image from 11 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 60 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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