Fires in British Columbia, Canada

Fires in British Columbia, Canada

5 August 2009


Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in British Columbia in the first week of August 2009 because of hundreds of forest fires. According to news reports, officials were prepared to bring in firefighters from surrounding provinces, the United States, and even Australia, to control the blazes if needed. This image of the area was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on 3 August 2009. Places where the sensor detected fires are marked in red. Smoke traces out the area’s deep valleys.
 

TERRA
3 August 2009

The large image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: earth observatory)

The current situation in Canada is covered by a number of detailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):


 

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