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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Wildfire in Spain

EMS Information Bulletin
07/12/2017

It is very late in the year for forest fires, yet on 3 December, Sunday a wildfire broke out in Torre la Ribera, a town located in the Spanish province of Huesca, Aragon.

 

The regional and national authorities and UME, the military emergency management unit were involved in the efforts to contain the fire. The terrain of Torre la Ribera is mountainous and difficult to access, therefore helicopters and heavy machinery were used. The fire burned around 150 ha of land. According to media sources, the wildfire was not caused by natural or agricultural causes, and its origin is still under investigation.

 

The Copernicus EMS was activated by the Spanish Civil Protection authorities on 4 December to provide one delineation map (showing the extent of damage) and one grading map (showing the magnitude of damage). The maps have been produced and are available on the EMS website: Activation EMSR259.

 

 

Torre la Ribera delineation map (Copernicus EMS © 2017 EU, [EMSR259] Torre la Ribera: Delineation Map)

 

 

Torre la Ribera grading map (Copernicus EMS © 2017 EU, [EMSR259] Torre la Ribera: Grading Map)

 

 


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