Fires and smoke the Pacific Northwest

Fires and smoke the Pacific Northwest
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Fires rage through the Pacific Northwest in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image snapped by NASA´s Aqua satellite on September 2, 2003. In Oregon, the B & B complex fire in the Cascade Mountains spews smoke into the north east corner of the state. By September 4, the fire would grow to consume over 70,000 acres. To the east, over 20 large fires burn in Montana and northern Idaho. Smoke from these and other fires in British Colombia settles into the valleys of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, highlighting the craggy contours of the land.

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  • Data Date:

    September 2, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    September 4, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


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