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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Forest Fire in Italy

EMS Information Bulletin

The Mediterranean region is experiencing extreme wildfires unusually late this year (see Forest Fire in Portugal, Forest Fire in Corsica).


For the last two weeks of October firefighters have been trying to control the fires in the Piedmont region in Northwest Italy. The fires were fanned by the recent strong winds and spread quickly through dry autumn leaves and trees.


According to the media, more than 270 fire department staff and volunteers were working to extinguish a series of fires in the Val di Susa region alone, just 30 kilometres west of the Piedmont capital Turin.


Helicopters and the Italian fire department's Canadair airborne fleet had to be deployed to fight the spreading forest fire, as the mountainous terrain makes it difficult to access some areas.


The Italy’s Department of Civil Protection activated the Copernicus EMS on 28 October for the production of delineation maps (showing the extent of fire) over 6 areas. The maps are being produced using Pleiades very high resolution optical satellite imagery.


All of the maps will be made available on the EMS website: Activation EMSR253.



6 Areas of Interest (AoIs) identified for the delineation map production.
(Copernicus EMS © 2017 EU, [EMSR253] Activation Extent Map)



Casteldelfino delineation map showing 223 ha of area burnt by the wildfire.
(Copernicus EMS © 2017 EU, [EMSR253] Casteldelfino: Delineation Map)




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