Forest Fires in Canada: 18 June 1999


Forest Fires in Canada

18 June 1999

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Fig.1. Hotspot overview, 17 June 1999
(Source: FireM3)

Several vegetation fires were detected by OSEI with the NOAA-14 AVHRR satellite on 16 June 1999.

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Fig.2. and 3. Heat signatures and smoke from large areas of fire burning in western Alaska and in the Yukon Territory of Canada on 16 June 1999.
             The right image shows hot spots and smoke from fires burning in Alberta near Lake Athabasca and in western Saskatchewan.

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Fig.4. and 5. The two satellite images showing forest fire hotspots in a close up view of figure 3 on June 17. The first shows two fires near the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. The Garson Lake fire has caused evacuations to nearby La Loche. The second image shows a fire in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta. Judging by the distribution of hotspots, the fire has grown to approximately 20,000 ha.
(Source: FireM3)

The above maps and all maps of previous days can be directly accessed at the Fire Monitoring, Mapping, and Modelling (FireM3) Project website (the FireM3 project is a collaboration of the Canadian Forest Service and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing). Through the Map Link you can access daily hotspot images. An Internet Map Server, which is like a simple GIS running on the host computer, allows you to zoom in on any fire or other area of interest and view the image and map data at full (1km) resolution. You can also click on any fire and get information about that fire.

Saskatchewan Daily Forest Fire Situation Report (10:00 AM Thursday, 17 June, 1999):

There are 16 forest fires burning in the province today.
4 fires have been extinguished in the past 24 hours.
4 new fires have been reported.
Total number of fires to date this year is 217.
Total to date last year was 452, 5-year average is 269.

The whole report and further information can be accessed at the fire management website of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM).

The CANADIAN DAILY FIRE SITUATION REPORT shows further detailed information regarding the fire situation in Canada, which, however,   will not be mentioned here in detail. We refer to the corresponding home page.



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