Fires in Northwest Territories, Canada
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Fire danger in eastern Northwest Territories, Canada, was very high to extreme in late July 2011. Conditions were dry enough that summer thunderstorms triggered one or two new forest fires every day, said the province’s forest management division. This image shows one of the largest fires currently burning in Northwest Territories. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite took the image on July 23.

Dense smoke pours from the cluster of fires, which are each outlined in red. The fires are near the northeast tip of Great Slave Lake. The lake’s McLeod and Christie Bays are shown in the image. According to the Northwest Territories forest management division, the fires shown in this image are being monitored.

  1. References

  2. Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Division. Current forest fire situation report July 25, 2011 09:52 hrs. Accessed July 25, 2011.
  3. Natural Resources Canada. (2011, July 25). Forest fire conditions for 25 July, 2011. Accessed July 25, 2011.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Instrument(s): 
Aqua - MODIS

Fires in Northwest Territories, Canada

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