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Fire Burns in Northern Italy

Fire Burns in Northern Italy
Fire Burns in Northern Italy

On the morning of February 25, 2019, a fire on the slopes of Monte Pisano sent smoke billowing across the western Italian coast. Reports estimate at least 180 hectares (less than 1 square mile) of forest and vegetation have been burned.

The Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images on February 25, 2019, around 10:58 a.m. local time, approximately thirty minutes after the fire commenced. Both images are a combination of natural color (bands 4-3-2) and infrared (band 10), which was used to highlight the active fire.

News outlets report that the event started from a bonfire that spread due to strong winds. People were evacuated from the nearby village of Vicopisano, located on the slopes of Monte Pisano.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Kasha Patel.

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