Photo Friday: Forest Fires Rage on Glacier-Covered Peaks in Chile

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

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Chile is experiencing the worst forest fires in the country’s history after years of drought.  The fires are currently spanning roughly 104,800 hectares or 400 square miles, burning mountains that also harbor glaciers.

For example, Mount Llaima, located in Conguillio National Park in the Andes, is covered in glaciers and caught up in the fires. Mitigation efforts have been underway with water-bombing aircraft being supplied by the United States. While ash and soot have been deposited on the glaciers, winds have directed debris away from areas where glaciers are predominant.

See images from Chile’s catastrophic fires.

 

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Map of Chilean forest fires dated May 2015, with active fires indicated by red rectangles (Source: NASA).

 

A forest fire in Santiago, Chile (Source: Pablo Trincado/Creative Commons).

A forest fire in Pirque, Santiago de Chile (Source: Pablo Trincado/Creative Commons).

 

CONAF brigades fight the fire of Valparaíso, in April 2014 (Source: Government of Chile/Creative Commons).

CONAF brigades fight the fire of Valparaíso in April 2014 (Source: Government of Chile/Creative Commons).

 

Image of an Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree) burning in the Chile fires. These trees that take hundreds of years to reach maturity (Source: Karen/Flickr).

Image of an Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree) burning in the Chile fires. These trees take hundreds of years to reach maturity (Source: Karen/Flickr).

 

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Map of Chilean forest fires dated January 2017, with active fires indicated by red rectangles (Source: NASA).

 

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Mt. Llaima in Conguillio National Park (Source: Creative Commons).

 

High winds and unusually warm weather are fueling damaging wildfires in southern Chile. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image of smoke produced by a fire southeast of Llaima volcano on March 17, 2015 (Source: Jesse Allen/NASA).

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image of smoke produced by a fire southeast of Llaima volcano on March 17, 2015 (Source: Jesse Allen/NASA).

 

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Devastation left after a forest fire (Source: Sergio/Flickr).

 

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Men surveying a fire (Source: Tomás J. Sepúlveda/Flickr).

 

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