Fires in Alaska and northern Canada

Fires in Alaska and northern Canada
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

In Northeast Alaska near the headwaters of the Yukon River, a large fire was producing a huge plume of smoke on July 1, 2003. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite shows the actively burning parts of the fire marked with a red outline. In the larger image, additional fires can be seen in Alaska and Canada, to the east. At top are the ice-choked waters of the Beaufort Sea.

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  • Data Date:

    July 1, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    July 2, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


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