Balkan Forest Fires

The Balkans Forest Fires 

29 August 2007

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

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

(source: EarthObservatory)


Report on the current fire situation in Greece from IAWF Board Member Dr. Gavriil Xanthopoulos:

The following images show a time series of overpasses collected by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua   satellite from 26 – 28August.

26 August 2007

27 August 2007

28 August 2007

According to the European Commission’s European Forest Fire Information System(EFFIS), 183 987 hectares were burnt in Greece between 24 and 26 August, during the major forest fires that have ravaged thatcountry. This brings the provisional figure to this point in the 2007 forest fire season in Greece to 268 834hectares. The concentration of damage in the Peloponnese coincides with the fire danger maps produced by EFFIS Fire Danger system that shows the Peloponnese as being the area of Greece with highest meteorological firerisk. However, the forecasts for the coming days show that the fire risk in Greece in general and the Peloponnese in particular willreduce.

(source: EFFIS)

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