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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Forest Fire in Corsica

EMS Information Bulletin

On Sunday, 22 October, at a date very late in the season, a wildfire started in northern Corsica, fuelled by drought and very strong wind, and blazed through Monday, burning almost 2000 ha of land.


According to media reports, the fire is no longer spreading and poses no threat to the local villages.


The EMS was activated by the French Civil Protection on 23 October for the production of delineation and grading maps. They will be produced using high-resolution SPOT satellite optical imagery.


The maps are available on the EMS website: Activation EMSR252.





Corsica had already suffered a massive wildfire in August of this year. Almost 1000 people had to be evacuated, and 2000 ha of land were affected. Copernicus EMS had been activated to produce emergency maps for the area of Ogliastro (Activation EMSR221).


The delineation map showed that 1321 ha had burnt in the area of Ogliastro, out of which 1153 ha were destroyed and the rest were affected moderately according to the assessment of the grading map.

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