Forest Fire in Israel

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Type of Event Fire
Location of Event Israel
Date of Charter Activation 02/12/2010
Charter Requestor COGIC
Project Management CNES

Description of the Event

About 40 people have died in what is thought to be Israel's largest ever forest fire, police have said. Many of the victims were prison guards travelling on a bus which was caught in the inferno in the Carmel Mountains near the northern city of Haifa.

Thousands of people, including prison inmates, have been evacuated from the area. Scores more have been injured, the ambulance service said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has visited the affected area, said it was an "unprecedented disaster".

For this activation, value adding support has been provided by the European project GMES SAFER.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Disaster assessment map at 1:12 500, detail of the potential impact within rural areas, within the maximum potential fire affected area.

Source: SPOT 5

Acquired: 08/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010 - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Disaster assessment map at 1:12 500, detail of the potential impact within urbanised areas, within the maximum potential fire affected area.

Source: SPOT 5

Acquired: 08/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010 - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Disaster monitoring map at 1:12 500, detail of the fire dynamics viewed the 03 December 2010 (Landsat 5), the 04 December 2010 (RapidEye) and the 08 December 2010 just after the fire had been put out.

Source: Landsat 5, RaipdEye, SPOT5

Acquired: 08/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010 - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Crisis map at a scale of 1: 12 500, view of Mont Carmel derived derived from a RapidEye acquired the 4 December 2010. This false colour composite image, allows a better distinguishing between badly affected areas, and safer ones. Safe vegetation appears in redish colour whereas burnt areas are in blue grey colour.

Source: RapidEye (provided in the frame of the GMES/Safer project)

Acquired: 04/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010, ESRI - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Crisis map at a scale of 1: 25 000, view of Mount Carmel, an area very affected by fire, and the southern neighbourhoods of Haifa town derived from a RapidEye acquired the 4 December 2010

Source: RapidEye (provided in the frame of the GMES/Safer project)

Acquired: 04/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010, ESRI - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Reference map at a scale of 1: 12 500, view of Mont Carmel derived from a SPOT5 acquired the 25 December 2009

Source: SPOT 5

Acquired: 04/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010, ESRI - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Reference map at a scale of 1: 25 000, view of Mont Carmel and the southern neighbourhoods of Haifa town , derived from a SPOT5 acquired the 25 December 2009

Source: SPOT 5

Acquired: 04/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010, ESRI - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project

 

Disaster location map at 1 : 200 000, overview derived from medium resolution MERIS data acquired the 3rd of December 2010 at 08 :35 (UTC)

Source: MERIS

Acquired: 03/12/2010

Copyright SERTIT 2010, ESRI - Map produced by SERTIT in the frame of the GMES/Safer project