Wildfires in Alberta, Canada
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Smoke hangs over a large wildfire burning in the northeast corner of Alberta, Canada, in this natural color image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on June 8, 2011. Red outlines actively burning areas. The fire has been burning for three weeks and has consumed a staggering 416,000 hectares (1,028,000 acres or 1,600 square miles), reported CBC News. The fire started in mid-May, when multiple fires ignited in Alberta under high winds and low humidity. Fire danger in northeast Alberta remains high, said government of Alberta.

  1. References

  2. CBC News. (2011, June 8). Massive northern Alta. fire still burning out of control. Accessed June 9, 2011.
  3. Government of Alberta. (2011, June 9). Alberta wildfire and prescribed burn sitrep for June 9, 2011. Accessed June 9, 2011.
  4. Government of Alberta. (2011, June 9). Wildfire Map. Accessed June 9, 2011.

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

Instrument(s): 
Aqua - MODIS

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