Serra da Estrela: Copernicus reveals that 16 thousand hectares have already burned

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta August 12, 2022
Updated 2022/08/12 at 5:22 PM

According to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, around 16,000 hectares have already burned.

7 days have passed and Serra da Estrela and surroundings are still burning. The number of operational assets has increased in recent hours, reaching close to 1700 and the number of land and air vehicle units has also increased.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS Copernicus) provides all stakeholders involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergencies and humanitarian crises with current and accurate geospatial information derived from satellite remote sensing and supplemented by of available open or in situ data.

Copernicus EMS has two components:

  • a cartography component;
  • an early warning component.

The cartography component of the service (Copernicus EMS - Cartography) has worldwide coverage and provides the aforementioned stakeholders (mainly Civil Protection authorities and humanitarian aid agencies) with maps based on satellite images.

The EMS early warning component of Copernicus consists of three different systems:

  • The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS), which provides an overview of ongoing or anticipated floods in Europe up to 10 days in advance.
  • The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which provides near-real-time and historical information on wildfires and wildfire regimes in the regions of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The European Drought Observatory (EDO), which provides drought-relevant information and early warnings for Europe.

Copernicus shows tragedy in Serra da Estrela

More than 16,000 hectares burned until this Friday afternoon in the rural fire that has been raging since Saturday in Serra da Estrela, according to the European surveillance system Copernicus. The system allows highlighting burned areas, but also active fire points.

Serra da Estrela fire: Copernicus shows 16,000 burned hectares

In addition to visual information, it is also possible to search for the burned area and find out how many hectares of area were consumed by the fire.

Serra da Estrela fire: Copernicus shows 16,000 burned hectares

It should be remembered that the fire broke out at dawn on the 6th in Garrocho, in the municipality of Covilhã, in the district of Castelo Branco, but the flames have already spread to the district of Guarda, in the municipalities of Manteigas, Gouveia, Guarda and Celorico da Beira.

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