A wildfire ravaged the resin pine grove “Los Comunes” in Nieva, a municipality located in the province of Segovia, Spain, in the afternoon of Thursday, April 20.
According to the Territorial Delegate of the regional government of Castilla y León, Javier López-Escobar, around 400 ha were burnt. Moreover, he appointed that the fire was most likely caused by “ordinary burning” of the pruning remains.
DEIMOS-2 captured the area before and after the wildfire, showing the extent of the damage.
Vegetation appears red in these DEIMOS-2 false-color images which were processed including the near-infrared channel. Different shades of red provide crucial information on chlorophyll content and plants health. The dark area visible in the image from April 22 reveals the extent of the fire devastation.
This DEIMOS-2 image captured after the fire shows how, by zooming in, every single tree can be counted!
This RGB multitemporal composition shows burnt areas in red and non-affected areas in green.
Satellite imagery is a key tool for forestry management and emergency response. Further research on the field, in situ measurements and ground truth exploration can complement this analysis.