In northwestern Spain and Portugal, numerous fires raced across dry forestland at the beginning of the third week of August 2006. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite passed over head on 13 August, the sensor detected more than a dozen active fires (outlined in red) on the Atlantic Coast of the Iberian Peninsula.
AQUA 13 August 2006
The photo-like image on the left is paired with a shortwave- and near-infrared-enhanced image on the right. In the false-color image, burned areas stand out as deep red marks compared to the bright green of unburnedvegetation. Areas of sparse vegetation, such as cities or arid locations, appear in shades of pinkish-tan togray. Within some of the fire perimeter outlines, a bright pink glow is visible. This bright glow often indicates open flame at the time of the satelliteoverpass.
The high-resolution images provided above have a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite also enhanced the image from 13 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 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