Current forest fires in Chile

Forest Fires in Chile

14 January 2015

On January 12, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of a large wildfire burning in central Chile, to the west of Talca. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire. Winds pushed the smoke plume north. The sensor also detected a smaller fire burning to the south of Santiago. As of January 14, the fire west of Talca appeared much smaller but was still burning.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory

On 13 January 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard of NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the picture (upper part) of a fire near the town of Contitucion in the center of Chile, this large fire has burned-down15 houses and triggered evacuations on the neighboring villages, a large smoke plume (ca. 600 Km) can be seen drifting North passing the capital, Santiago. The lower part shows several fires in Southern Chile. During these days, over 100 fires have ravaged through Chile, all of them are suspected to be accidental or intentional rather than natural, the Government of Argentina has sent reinforces for the fire brigades to fight the fires. The hotspots are outlined in red.
Source: Nasa Rapid Response (Images edited and interpreted by GFMC)

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard of NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this false color image of the fire affecting the Commune of Constitucion on the 13 January 2015. The fire advances through plantations of Pine (Pinus radiata) andEucalyptus globulus among other fast growing species, destroying the livelyhood of hundreds of families.
Source: NASA Rapid Response. (Images edited and interpreted by GFMC)

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