This true-color image shows smoke spreading eastward over a large area over central North America, extending from the Pacific Northwest all the way over the Great Lakes region. The smoke was generated from a number of intense wildfires burning in the western United States and Canada. This scene was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, on Sept. 6, 2003.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.
A number of large fires continue to burn in the northwestern U.S. and Canada, sending a vast pall of smoke eastward over the Great Plains and Great Lakes regions. This true-color MODIS image shows smoke over the midwest on Sept. 6, 2003.