In recent months, wildfires have been destroying vast areas of forest in Brazil. While much of this activity is concentrated in the north-eastern state of Maranhão, DMCii has been monitoring wildfires blazing elsewhere in Brazil.
Our current image of the month shows a burned area approximately 100 km north-east of the capital, Brasília, in the State of Goiás.
Pre and post wildfire imagery over Vila Propicio, Brazil, displaying the extent of the new burn scar
The map above was produced by comparing the image from September 2015 to one of the same area in August 2013; we could observe the change in land cover caused by the fire. After some analysis, the grey image shows the extent of land cover change, with darker areas indicating more intense burning of vegetation. The outline of the burned area has also been extracted – the extent of the new burn scar is almost 60 km2.
This information is extremely useful to understand both how intense the fire was, and the spatial extent of damage, which cannot be seen from the ground. DMCii is continuing to monitor wildfires in Brazil, as well as in South Africa and Indonesia. Keep an eye out on our online catalogue for new images.