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Fires in North Algeria

Monday, 13 August 2012

Type of Event:
Location of Event:
Date of Charter Activation:
13 August 2012
Charter Requestor:
Direction générale de la Protection Civile Algerienne on behalf of the Algerian Space Agency
Project Management:

Description of the event

An estimated 20,000 hectares of land have been ravaged by forest fires in the north of Algeria since June. These are a result of hotter than average summer heat waves that have been reported to reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius.

Three people have been reported killed in the fires, two of which were a firefighter and forest worker attempting to put out a blaze.

Over 100 fires were reportedly still in progress as of 08 August.

Overview of fires in northern Algeria

Source: DMCii
Acquired: 22/08/2012

Copyright: DMCii
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Density of fire events in Northern Algeria between 1 June - 23 August 2012

Source: Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) via NASA FIRMS
Acquired: 01/06/2012-23/08/2012

Copyright: NASA, USGS, UNCS, NGA
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Wildfires in Northern Algeria - 18 August 2012

Source: RapidEye
Acquired: 18/08/2012

Copyright: RapidEye 2012
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Analysis map of fires in Algeria
Fire scars as of 18 August 2012

Acquired: 18/08/2012

Copyright: Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT