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Wildfire in Guatemala

On 22 February, 2024, a forest fire started on the slopes of the inactive Agua volcano in Guatemala. The Agua volcano, one of the highest in Guatemala, is approximately 10 kilometres from the colonial city of Antigua, which is a popular tourist destination in the country.

Firefighters and military personnel are actively trying to extinguish the fires, working against thick smoke and dense vegetation around the clock to reduce the risk of escalation. Two helicopters are also being used to provide support, dropping water from above to combat the flames. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and the exact amount of burned hectares is still to be determined. Ongoing investigations are being carried out to understand the origins of the fire.

As of now, there have been no reported casualties or evacuations. The fire has significantly damaged the vegetation on the upper part of the 3,766-meter-high volcano, which will have an ecological impact on the local ecosystem and biodiversity.

The Agua volcano, also known as Hunahpú by the Maya indigenous people, holds historical significance and is part of a protected area due to its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Therefore, efforts are being made to preserve the area and reduce the spread of the blaze as much as possible.

Type of Event:Fire
Location of Event:Guatemala
Date of Charter Activation:2024-02-22
Time of Charter Activation:23:12
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER on behalf of Executive Secretariat, National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (SE-CONRED)
Activation ID:863
Project Management:Danilo Juarros (SE-CONRED)
Value Adding:Alexander Ariza (UNSPIDER)

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Analysis of burned areas in Agua volcano fire, Guatemala.

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2024)
Map prduced by UN-SPIDER

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Acquired: 23/02/2024

Source: Sentine-2

Category: Gradient Monitoring Maps

Severity Map of the Burned Area in the Agua Volcano.

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2024)
Map produced UN-SPIDER

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Acquired: 23/02/2024

Source: Sentinel-2

Category: Grading Map

Burned areas from the forest fire in the Agua volcano

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by CONRED

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Acquired: 24/02/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Reference Map

Areas near the crater of the Agua Volcano, Guatemala affected by forest fire

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by CONRED

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Acquired: 24/02/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

False colour view of areas burnt by the forest fire on the Agua Volcano

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by CONRED

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Acquired: 24/02/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

Potential area affected by forest fire at the Agua volcano, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by CONRED

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Acquired: 23/02/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

Potential area burned in the Agua Volcano fire

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2024)
Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by CONRED

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Acquired: Sentinel-2: 23/02/2024, Peiades: 23/02/2024

Source: Sentinel-2, Pleiades

Category: Delineation Map

Infrastructure potentially affected by forest fire at the Agua Volcano, Guatemala

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UN-SPIDER

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Acquired: 23/02/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Delineation Map

Map of the area burned in the forest fire at the Agua volcano

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2024), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UN-SPIDER

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Acquired: 23/02/2024

Source: Pleiades

Category: Delineation Map

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