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Fire in Panama

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Type of Event:
Fire
Location of Event:
Panama
Date of Charter Activation:
17 April 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
19:37:34
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
USGS on behalf of Panama Ministry of Environment
Project Management:
Cathalac

Description of the event

Forest fires have been burning in Darien Province, Panama, for the past two weeks.

Hundreds of people are working to stop the spread of the fires and keep them away from inhabited areas.

The fire started in a dry forest near the village of Garachiné, and the fires have been approaching the village since then, prompting concerns for the people living there.

While efforts were made to stop the spread of the fire for several days, it spread out of control of the fire fighters on the ground in Darien National Park and has grown in size since then.

The government of Panama has sought more people and international aid in extinguishing the fires. The United States have provided a helicopter to help deploy water from above to combat the fire and other fire fighting vehicles have been deployed.

Areas potentially burned along the Congo River upper course, in Darien Province

Source: Landsat 8
Acquired: 17/04/2016

Copyright: Landsat 8 data and products © USGS (2016) - All rights reserved
Map produced by CATHALAC

Fire hot spots located to the north east of Alto Playona (Comarca Embera) and south of Puerto Limon in Darien Province, Panama

Source: Terra / Aqua / TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 14/04/2016, 18/04/2016 and 24/04/2016

Copyright: Terra and Aqua © NASA
TerraSAR-X © DLR e. V. 2016, Distribution: Airbus DS Geo GmbH
Map produced by CATHALAC

Fire hot spots in Darien Province, Panama

Source: Terra / Aqua / RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 20/04/2016, 21/04/2016 and 22/04/2016

Copyright: Terra and Aqua © NASA
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by CATHALAC

Area potentially burned in Darien, Panama

Source: Landsat 8
Acquired: 17/04/2016

Copyright: Landsat 8 data and products © USGS (2016) - All rights reserved
Map produced by CATHALAC