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 (155,264 ha) in the Constitucion - Las Maquinas area that was semiautomatically derived from Rapid Eye imagery acquired on January 27 and 28, 2017. A part of the burnt area - approx. 17,336 ha - was semi-automatically derived from Resource Sat-2 imagery acquired on January 29, 2017. An ESRI basemap is used as backdrop.