2021-08-17

Copernicus Sentinel 2 filmed wildfires ravaging the Greek island of Evia under the rare extreme heat wave

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This colored image of Copernicus Sentinel No. 2 is in 8 Taken on the 11th, after processing, it includes the near-infrared color channel (shown in bright red) that is usually used to highlight vegetation. This image shows the burned area (visible in shades of brown and green) in the northern part of the island, which suffered the most damage, with an estimated 50,000 hectares burned.

The fire started on August 3 with the help of strong winds and is still ongoing. Hundreds of firefighters are still dealing with the raging fire.

In this rare heat wave, some European countries have set the highest temperature record in decades. The temperature in Sicily, Italy is 48.8℃, which may also be the hottest temperature in the history of the European continent. Wildfires are also raging in other areas in Greece, Italy, Albania and Algeria, prompting the launch of emergency mapping operations on the Copernicus satellite. The mapping service uses data from satellites to help deal with disasters such as wildfires and floods.

Copernicus Sentinel 2 filmed wildfires ravaging the Greek island of Evia under the rare extreme heat wave