Fires on the Canary Islands

Fires on the Canary Islands

10 August 2007

The islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria of the Canary Islands (Spain) were affected by some of the worst forest fires in the history of Spain. The fires forced more than 10.000 people to leave temporarily their homes, some of which were destroyed by the fires. The Spanish Government and the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission triggered the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to estimate the damaged area based on satellite data.

The Center for satellite based crisis information(ZKI) of DLR took over the project management for this activation on behalf of ESA, financed through the Risk-EOS Service element. In close cooperation with the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy) the affected area was estimated. According to this analysis on Tenerife12.700 ha were burnt and additional 2.000 ha burnt down partially. On Gran Canaria9.900 ha were burnt fully and 5.450 partially.

DLR satellite map: Burnt area on Gran Canaria (1:50.000)

August 9, 2007 5:14:59 PM CEST

DLR satellite map: Burnt area on Tenerifa (1:50.000)

August 9, 2007 5:12:11 PM CEST

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