Chile Battles Raging Wildfires

by | Feb 11, 2023










Deadly wildfires continue to rage in south-central Chile, destroying hundreds of thousands of hectares of land across the country. Satellite images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission on Feb. 4, 2023, show the ongoing fires and heatwave in South America.

The fires in Chile have consumed approximately 270,000 hectares of land, killing more than 20 and injuring more than 1000 people. The government has declared a state of emergency in the Biobío, Ñuble and Araucania regions and is seeking international assistance to battle the fires from neighboring countries.

This optical image is a combination of images from the Ocean and Land Colour Instrument (OCLI) and Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) onboard the Sentinel-3 satellite. This allows us to highlight the fire hotspots visible in shades of orange and red in the image.

Image Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2023), processed by ESA


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