NASA utilizes satellite imagery to monitor fires and climate conditions across the globe. Being able to predict
wildfire conditions ahead of time can help areas around the world with increased wildfire risk (due to rising temperatures and drought), develop an integrated planning approach to help prepare communities before a wildfire event.
According to a short YouTube video posted by NASA, due to the warm dry conditions created by this year’s El Nino weather system, the southern basin of the Amazon region is the driest that it has been in fourteen years.
According to a recent article by the Christian Science Monitor, “Forecasting dry season fire activity in the Amazon is a recent undertaking, developed in 2011 in a joint effort by University of California, Irvine, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. It considers the relationship between climate and active fire detections from NASA satellites, of particular interest being the link between fire activity and sea surface temperatures.”
The article further shared that large wildfires in this area can contribute to the degradation of air quality from the smoke in areas as far away as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Does your community have a plan to lessen your risk before a wildfire event? No cost resources on NFPA’s Firewise website can help.