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Fire in Torres del Paine, Chile

Friday, 30 December 2011

Type of Event:
Fires
Location of Event:
Torres del Paine, Chile
Date of Charter Activation:
30 December 2011
Charter Requestor:
Sistema Federal de Emergencias (SIFEM)
Project Management:
CONAE

Description of the event

On Thursday, a massive forest fire raged through the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. The fire had been caused by high fanned winds and dry vegetation which started on Tuesday, spreading wide across the area.

Four hundred tourists had to be evacuated from the national park as fire fighters tried to control the fire. Officials confirmed that more than 85 sq km (21,000 acres) of land had been destroyed in the event.

President Sebastian Pinera requested urgent assistance from Argentina, Australia and the United States after declaring the region a disaster area. Hundreds of military personnel and fire fighters were deployed at the scene to fight the blaze.

Chilean authorities conducted an investigation and believe that the blaze started due to careless visitors at the park.

Chile - December 2011
Fires in National Park 'Torres del Paine'
Different coverages of the affected burnt areas

Source: FORMOSAT-2
Corporacion Nacional Forestal (CONAF)
Comision Nacional de Medio Ambiente (CONAMA)
Southern University of Chile (UACH)
Acquired: 14:21 - 07/01/2012

Copyright: NSPO, CNES
Map produced by CONAE

Chile - December 2011
Fires in National Park 'Torres del Paine'
Land use classification pre-fire (updated in 2005)

Source: Corporacion Nacional Forestal (CONAF)
Comision Nacional de Medio Ambiente (CONAMA)
Southern University of Chile (UACH)
Acquired: 2005

Copyright: Map produced by CONAE

Chile - December 2011
Fires in National Park 'Torres del Paine'
Affected area on 06 February, 2011 (pre-fire) and 07 January 2012 (post-fire)

Source: RapidEye
SRTM Digital Elevation Model
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 06/02/2011
Post-disaster: 07/01/2012

Copyright: RapidEye 2012
NGA, NASA 2011
Map produced by CONAE

Chile - December 2011
Fires in National Park 'Torres del Paine'
Active fires from December 29, 2011 to January 4, 2012

Source: RapidEye
MODIS
Acquired: RapidEye: 01/01/2012 and 07/01/2012
MODIS: 29/12/2011-04/01/2012

Copyright: RapidEye 2012
NASA LANCE 2011, 2012
Map produced by CONAE

Chile - Torres del Paine
Disaster Extent Map
Fire as of 07 January 2012

Source: RapidEye
MODIS
OpenStreetMap
Acquired: 06/02/2011
03/01/2012 - 04/01/2012 and 07/01/2012

Copyright: RapidEye 2011, 2012
NASA 2012
DLR 2012
Map produced by ZKI

Chile - December 2011
Fires in National Park 'Torres del Paine'
Burned area observed on January 01 and 07, 2012

Source: RapidEye
Acquired: 15:29 - 01/01/2012
15:37 - 07/01/2012

Copyright: RapidEye 2012
Map produced by CONAE

Chile - December 2011
Fires in National Park 'Torres del Paine'
Burned area observed on January 01, 2012

Source: SPOT
Acquired: 14:22 - 01/01/2012

Copyright: Spot Image 2011, CNES
Map produced by CONAE