THUNDER BAY – NASA’s Aqua satellite captured multiple images of fire and smoke from Canadian wildfires on July 4, 2013. The images were stitched together to form a visual quilt.
NASA Image Shows Scope of Forest Fires
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument that flies aboard Aqua captured the images. MODIS has the ability to detect hot spots (fires), which appear red in the image. Plumes of smoke from various wildfires can be seen blowing across many of the Canadian provinces and out over the Atlantic Ocean.
There are over 40 active fires in Northwestern Ontario right now. At this point in time there are no communities directly threatened by these active forest fires.
Thunder Bay has one fire on the board. Thunder Bay Fire 22 was human-caused and is Being Held at 18.0ha in size in the Armstrong area.
Kenora has one fire on the board which is a monitored fire located on an island on the Lake of Woods Conservation Area.
Sioux Lookout has twelve active fires in the Far North portion of the district. Most of the fires are classed as Being Observed because of their remote locations.
Nipigon (Greenstone) has thirteen active fires, ten of which are being observed because of their remote locations.
Red Lake has seventeen active fires, four of which are classed as Under Control and may be called out over the next few days.
As of July 5, the government of Saskatechewan reported 17 wildfires. British Columbia has nine wildfires, Ontario reported 52 active fires, and Alberta reported 20. As of July 4, the government of Manitoba reported 51 active fires. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre Inc. noted that Quebec had four fires. The Department of Natural Resources for Newfoundland reported two fires, and New Brunswick reported no fires.