June 30, 2013 - Fires in Sardinia

Fires in Sardinia

Wildfires burned in Sardinia in mid June, 2013, including one which drove over 100 people from their home on June 18, 2013. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on that same day.

Multiple red hotspots mark thermal anomalies, which are spots where the temperature sensors on the MODIS instrument detected temperatures higher than background. When combined with typical smoke plumes, such hotspots indicate fire. A distinct, thin smoke plume can be seen rising from the large hotspot nearest the coast, and is blown directly northwest by strong winds. To the north, the island of Corsica remains fire-free.

According to news reports, one large fire broke out along the coast of Arbus early in the afternoon of June 18, and drove about 100 residents from their home. Fueled by strong winds, this fire came within a few meters of residences. Eight other fires were also reported to be burning at that time, including ones in Siliqua, Portoscuso, Guspini, and Santadi.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/18/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC