Balkan 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 NASAs Terra satellite.
The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of250 meters per pixel.
The following images show a time series of overpasses collected by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs 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
See also the latest news reports from the media:
Pandemonium of a forest fire (published by www.timesonline.co.uk, 28 August 2007)
Greece explores terror link to forest fire (published by www.indianexpress.com, 28 August 2007)
Fires across Europe (published by www.theglobeandmail.com, 27 August 2007)
At Least 60 Die in Greek Brushfires (published by www.insurancejournal.com, 27 August 2007)
Are Ancient Ruins Flammable? (published by www.slate.com, 27 August 2007)
Australian firefighters offered to Greece (published by www.news.com.au, 27 August 2007)
PM offers Greece $3m in fire aid (published by www.news.com.au, 27 August 2007)
European Countries Help Fire-Ravaged Greece (published by www.efluxmedia.com, 26 August 2007)
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.
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.
Seealso the GFMC Media page: