Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray

Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray
  • Credit:

    NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.

On May 4, 2016, the the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) on the Landsat 7 satellite acquired this false-color image of the wildfire that burned through Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. The image combines shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (bands 5-4-2). Near- and short-wave infrared help penetrate clouds and smoke to reveal the hot spots associated with active fires, which appear red. Smoke appears white and burned areas appear brown.

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  • Data Date:

    May 4, 2016
  • Visualization Date:

    May 5, 2016
  • Sensor(s):

    Landsat 7 - ETM+
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