Forest Fires in Canada: 25 June 1999


Forest Fires in Canada

25 June 1999

Several vegetation fires were detected by OSEI with the NOAA-14 AVHRR HRPT satellites.

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Fig.1. and 2. The left image shows heat signatures and dense smoke from the large fire areas of 24 June 1999. The smoke becomes mixed with high cloud cover to the east which also appears as a blue haze. Distinguishing between the two is rather difficult. OSEI  produced a second image using a different channel combination to help determine how much of that area is smoke. This channel combination shows the smoke as a gray haze and high clouds as blue in the right image.

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Fig.3. The satellite image shows forest fire hotspots in a close up view in Quebec and Newfoundland on 23 June 1999.
(Source: FireM3)

The above mentioned fire situation map 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, 24 June, 1999):

There are 23 forest fires burning in the province today.
9 fires have been extinguished in the past 24 hours.
NO new fires have been reported.
Total number of fires to date this year is 286.
Total to date last year was 505, FIVE year average is 320.

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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