On March 15, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite captured this image of a large wildfire burning near te UNESCO Heritage Site city of Valpariso in Chile. The upper image is the true color of the satellite image, it shows some smoke pushed north by the predominating winds. The lower false color image shows the living vegetation in green and the burned vegetation in red-brown. The red dot indicate hotspots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory (image edited and interpreted by GFMC)
On March 13, 2015 a large fire started in the UNESCO World Heritage Site coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile. The fire has left one killed elder and seven firefighters injured (two of them in grave condition) it has also prompted nearly 15000 evacuations.
The fire started exactly in the same area nearly one year after the April 2014 fire that burned 2000 homes and killed 15 people.
Recent Media Reports on Fires in Chile: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly – a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):