Russia: IKONOS satellite images were used by the Ministry for Extraordinary Situations or MCHS (EMERCOM of Russia) during their assistance to Israel in fire fighting activities near the Haifa city. Detailed imagery of the satellite from December 4 was used by ScanEx specialists to prepare and provide a satellite map of the fire-stricken area to the EMERCOM, where fire blazes and smoke plumes were detected.
The fires have been raging near the third largest city of Israel, Haifa. According to experts’ estimate, over 2000 hectares forest has been burnt out and over 40 people died. Fire brigades from Russia, Greece, France, Turkey and other countries took part in the fire fighting activities.
Russian EMERCOM aviation completed fire extinguishing in Israel on December 7 after making 16 flights at the Carmel Mountain (near Haifa). In all, over 40 aircrafts were used in fire fighting, including two Il-76 and two Be-200 amphibian aircrafts of the Russian EMERCOM.