Balkan Forest Fires

The Balkans Forest Fires 

28 August 2007

This image of the Balkan Peninsula shows fires (marked in red)in Greece, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, but also in Bulgaria on 28August 2007. The image and fire detections were collected by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of250 meters per pixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)


The following images show a time series of overpasses collected by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua and Terrasatellite from 26 – 28August. The fires (red dots) are continuing to rage across Greece. The fires started on Friday and have been out of controlsince, more than 60 people have been killed by the fires as the flames engulf villages. It is being stated as the worst fires ever in Greece.Being fueled by strong winds blowing smoke into the Mediterranean Sea where there isa mix of dust and sand from the coast of Africa.

26 August 2007

27 August 2007

28 August 2007

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Still there are around 15 fires actively burning in forests. Asthere was no offer to Albania´s request for international assistence, Albaniarenewed the request for aerial support.

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Two people were killed in a fire near Topolovgrad. Villages werethreatened by a fire front of several kilometers. A state of emergency has been declared in the municipalities of Topolovgrad and Svilengrad. In Prissadez several buildings were destroyed.Meanwhile the fires crossed the border to Turkey. The fires could be containedafter rains brought some relief.

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