Fires in British Columbia, Canada

Fires in British Columbia, Canada

Several large forest fires burned in British Columbia, Canada on August 4, 2010. The fires are outlined in red in this true-color image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The fires shown in this image are in the Cariboo region of the province, where 120 fires were burning on August 3. Many of the large fires ignited in a lightning storm on July 28, and additional lightning-caused fires started on August 3, said the wildfire management branch of the forest service in British Columbia. More than 400 fires burned throughout British Columbia on August 3, reported the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The large image is the highest resolution (most detailed) version of the image. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response System.

  1. References

  2. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News. (2010, August 3). Over 400 wildfires scorch B.C. Accessed August 5, 2010.
  3. Wildfire Management Branch. (2010, August 3). Thunderstorms continue to hit the Cariboo. Province of British Columbia. Accessed August 5, 2010.

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  • Data Date:

    August 4, 2010
  • Visualization Date:

    August 5, 2010
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration