Fires in Portugal and Spain
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
After a week of intense efforts by thousands of firefighters, the blazes that swept across Portugal in the beginning of August appear to be coming under control. Compared to images captured at the height of the fires’ activity, this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured on August 6, 2003, shows fewer active fire detections (red dots) and much less smoke. When the skies clear over the terrain in the center of the image (under the smoke and clouds), a large burn scar will become visible.