The European Space Agency has broadcast images of the fire taken by the satellite Proba-V
The European Space Agency (ESA) today released photographs of the tragic fire that has struck central Portugal since last Saturday taken from space by the small Proba-V satellite.
The series of images allows distinguishing the zone of Pedrógão Grande (center) calcined by the fire, as well as the active foci and columns of smoke caused by a fire that has already been controlled.
According to the Portuguese authorities, the flames have claimed 64 fatalities and more than 160 injured, according to the latest assessment, and the affected area reaches 30,000 hectares.
More than 1,200 ground troops, including 200 soldiers, 25 firefighters and six aircraft from Spain, have been deployed to extinguish the still active fires, which have a great potential for risk.
The Proba-V, which photographs the Earth’s surface every two days, was launched on 7 May 2013 as part of the European Copernican Earth Observation Program.
Its mission is to provide data on oceans, rivers, lakes, glaciers, climate or natural disasters, with the aim of improving the management of the environment and the daily life of citizens.