Chile - Cerro Maule: Fires as of January 26, 2017 - Disaster Extent Map

Interpretation

On January 24, 2017, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was activated for forest fires in Chile. The fires began in the midst of a dry summer with record temperatures reaching 38°C. A heat wave, coupled with strong winds, spread the flames rapidly. On January 20, a state of emergency has been declared in south-central Chile due to the worst forest fires that the region has experienced in decades. The map shows the burnt area (1803 ha) in the Las Pataguas area derived from Rapid Eye imagery acquired on January 26, 2016. The Rapid Eye image with 5 m resolution is used as backdrop.