Global fires in 2019

The active fire detection capability of the SLST sensor on board of the Copernicus constellation of Sentinel 3A and Sentinel 3B is being exploited by the European Space Agency to derive systematic consistent counting of fires worldwide.

The prototype product and algorithm have been presented at the Remote sensing of forest fire EARSeL conference in Rome on 3 October 2019.

The striking increase of fires observed during the month of August this year with respect to 2018 amounts to almost 5 times more globally.

Number of fires detected on Sentinel-3A night-time acquisitions.




Number of monthly fires by continent in the last two years based on Sentinel-3A night-time acquisitions.




Featured image : August 2018 and 2019 fires detected worldwide with Sentinel-3 World Fire Atlas prototype.