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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Forest fire in Corsica, France

EMS Information Bulletin

Strong winds from storm Eleanor, the fourth winter storm to hit Europe since December, coming on top of a very dry vegetation because of the drought situation, fanned a forest fire in the island of Corsica in France that has affected the area of Sant’Andrea di Cotone.


According to official reports, over 1,150 ha of land have been hit by the fire, while 200 goats were killed by the blaze in Chiatra-Canale di Verde, a village on the east coast of the island, and ten homes were burnt of which five were completely destroyed. Nearly four hundred firefighters were battling the fire at its peak, supported by three Canadair water bombers which started operating as soon as the wind allowed and performed 45 drops. Military personnel were also deployed to help. As a consequence of the blaze 1,644 houses experienced a power outage.


Wildfire in Corsica (Credit: SIS 2B)



The French Civil Protection Center for Crisis Management activated the Copernicus EMS Mapping Service on 4 January for the production of emergency maps for two AoIs (Areas of Interest) over the municipalities of Talasani and Cervione. Once produced, the maps and vector data will be published on the EMS website: Activation EMSR263.



Satellite imageries of the Wildfire in Corsica captured on 2 Janunary 2018 by Copernicus Sentinel-2



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