Numerous large and smoky fires were burning in northeastern Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan on June 26, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead and collected this image. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. Fires surround Lake Athabasca and appear south of Reindeer Lake as well. Thick smoke has spread several hundred kilometers southeast toward Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg.
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.
In Manitoba, Canada, north of Lake Winnipeg, several massive fires were burning on July 23, 2007. Thick plumes of smoke spread east from the forest fires. In previous days, smoke from fires degraded the air quality enough that people in communities near Southern Indian Lake (hidden by smoke to the west of Gauer Lake) had to evacuate.