Wildfires in central Canada seen from space

Wildfires in central Canada seen from space

14 August 2013

published by http://globalnews.ca

Canada — A NASA satellite has photographed fires burning across central Canada.

The fires — in the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba — were imaged using the Aqua satellite on Aug. 12.

Over the past week, 508 new fires have started across the country. More than 208,000 hectares of forest have been burned, with most of them occurring from Manitoba westward.

In British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, the fire danger is high to extreme.

Though seasonal fire occurrence is below average, the area that has been burned is nearly double the 10-year average.

Taken on Aug. 12, this satellite image shows the fires that are raging across central Canada.
 NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC.


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