Fires in Canada

Fires in Canada
23 July 2004

In the central portion of Canada’s Northwest Territories (top), Alberta(bottom left), and Saskatchewan (bottom right), dozens of fires were burningacross the summer-green landscape on 22 July 2004. Most of the fires (marked inyellow in the image) are located southeast of Great Slave Lake in the topportion of the image. According to statistics provided by the CanadianInteragency Forest Fire Center, both the Northwest Territories and Albertaare having a much more active fire season this year than last. Both provinceshave recorded nearly double the number of fires so far in 2004 than they had atthis time in 2003. Burned acreage is nearly seven times what it was at this timein summer of 2004. Saskatchewan presents a mixed picture—fewer fires so far inthe 2004 season, but about 1.5 times the acreage has burned compared to 2003(Source: EarthObservatory).

The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODISRapid Response System provides this image at additionalresolutions.

Image courtesy MODISRapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.



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