Smoke over Western Canada

Smoke over Western Canada

12September 2006

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Active Fire Mapping Program, roughly 40 wildfires greater than 2,500 hectares burned in Canada on 11 September 2006. Most of those fires were in western Canada. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took this picture on 9 September. Although just two hotspots (readings of anomalously warm surface temperatures, indicated in red) appear in this image, a thick plume of smoke streaks its way up through Alberta into the Northwest Territories. The smoke plume is thickest in the center, gradually thinning out on either side.

9 September 2006

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: EarthObservatory).

Latest GOES-12 image:

This multispectral combined image was taken on 10 September 2006and heat signatures and smoke from fires burning in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. 

(source: OSEI)


For background information on the Fire Situation in Canada see:



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