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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Pictures: See the wild fires across Ireland from space

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on May 08, 2017
This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on May 08, 2017
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

As Coillte confirms that the fire at Cloosh Valley, Co. Galway, has been supressed pictures released by Nasa show how large the fires were - that they could be seen from space.

Coillte said that good progress was made yesterday evening to bring the situation under management in Galway and the fire at Cloosh Valley is now under control.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenne
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenne

It was one of around 30 wild fires that they had to deal with in recent days and Coillte confirmed that its staff and army personnel would remain on site today to monitor hot spots as there is still some risk that fires could reignite, but with stable weather conditions and the forecast of rain on Saturday evening, it is hoped that there will no further resurgence of the fire.

A civil helicopter will also remain on standby today should it be needed.

Inspection works will take place today on areas of the site that were affected by the fire and these will remain restricted areas. Coillte is continuing to ask the public to stay away from any areas affected by these fires until such time as they are deemed completely safe.

Meanwhile, Nasa released satellite imagery tthat was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on May 08, 2017.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenne.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenne.

Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.

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