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Fires in British Columbia, Canada

Fires in British Columbia, Canada
Multiple clusters of fires burned in British Columbia, sending a thick plume of smoke over the Pacific Ocean in mid-August 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on August 13.
East of the snowcapped Coast Mountains, numerous fires, many of them clustered into large groups, send smoke plumes toward the south-southwest and west-southwest. Red outlines—most of them at the bases of smoke plumes—indicate unusually high surface temperatures associated with actively burning fires. Over the Pacific Ocean, smoke has coalesced into a large plume that blows past the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. Over the Coast Mountains, skies are clear. The clear-sky gap between the active fires and the plume over the Pacific might result from a temporary shift in wind direction.
On August 15, 2010, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reported that, over the previous 24 hours, a dozen new fires had started in British Columbia, half of them from lightning, and the other half from human activity. As of August 15, a total of 201 fires were burning in the province, although 152 of them were under control. On August 16, The Globe and Mail reported that more than three-fourths of British Columbia was under high or extreme wildfire danger, following a weekend of sc
Multiple clusters of fires burned in British Columbia, sending a thick plume of smoke over the Pacific Ocean in mid-August 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on August 13.
East of the snowcapped Coast Mountains, numerous fires, many of them clustered into large groups, send smoke plumes toward the south-southwest and west-southwest. Red outlines—most of them at the bases of smoke plumes—indicate unusually high surface temperatures associated with actively burning fires. Over the Pacific Ocean, smoke has coalesced into a large plume that blows past the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. Over the Coast Mountains, skies are clear. The clear-sky gap between the active fires and the plume over the Pacific might result from a temporary shift in wind direction.
On August 15, 2010, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reported that, over the previous 24 hours, a dozen new fires had started in British Columbia, half of them from lightning, and the other half from human activity. As of August 15, a total of 201 fires were burning in the province, although 152 of them were under control. On August 16, The Globe and Mail reported that more than three-fourths of British Columbia was under high or extreme wildfire danger, following a weekend of scorching temperatures.
  1. References

  2. The Globe and Mail. (2010, August 16). B.C. evacuations expand as 25 new wildfires join existing blazes. Accessed August 16, 2010.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Michon Scott.
Instrument: 
Aqua - MODIS
orching temperatures.
  1. References

  2. The Globe and Mail. (2010, August 16). B.C. evacuations expand as 25 new wildfires join existing blazes. Accessed August 16, 2010.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Michon Scott.
Instrument: 
Aqua - MODIS

Fires in Madeira, Portugal

Fires in Madeira, Portugal
Thick smoke pours from fires burning on the Portuguese island of Madeira in this photo-like image collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on August 13, 2010. The fires are outlined in red. According to news reports, the largest of the fires burned through 95 percent of the Funchal Ecological Park, a 1,000-hectare preserve set aside to restore native vegetation to the island. The park’s mountainous terrain extends from 520 meters to 1,818 meters in elevation in a short distance, potentially posing a challenge to fire fighters. Some of the smoke was either coming from a high elevation, or it was pushed high into the atmosphere by intense fires. The high plume casts a dark shadow on the ocean beneath it. Smaller fires burn both east and west of the primary blaze.
The smoke blows south over the Atlantic Ocean into the cloud-free wake created by the island. The top of a massive, six-kilometer tall shield volcano, Madeira rises 1,862 meters (6,109 feet) above the ocean’s surface. The imposing island leaves a visible wake in both the water and the atmosphere. Clouds pile up along the northern slopes of the island as the wind blows south, southwest. Air moves around the island, leaving a calm wake on the south side of the island.
The calm wake extends to the ocean as well. A swath of calm water stretches southwest from the island. Since there are fewer waves in this region, the ocean is reflecting more light directly back to the satellite sensor. The reflected light, or sun glint, gives the ocean a mirror-like appearance. The diagonal lines within the sun glint region are artifacts from the way the sensor records visible light as it scans from east to west.
The highest-resolution image available is the large image. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response System.
  1. References

  2. Global Volcanism Program. Madeira. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Accessed August 16, 2010.
  3. IOL. (2010, August 16). Wildfires ravage Portuguese nature parks. Accessed August 16, 2010.
  4. Madeira Islands Travel Guide and News. Funchal Ecological Park – “Parque Ecológico do Funchal.” Madeira and Porto Santo Islands. Accessed August 16, 2010.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
Instrument: 
Aqua - MODIS

Fires in Portugal

Fires in Portugal
Several large fires were burning in northern and central Portugal on August 13, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image. The fires are outlined in red. Two groups of large fires were producing plumes of smoke that blew southwest.
In the north, several fires burn in and around Peneda Geres National Park, Portugal’s only national park. The fires forced the evacuation of 50 people from a village in the park, reported BBC News. The second large group of fires is in Serra da Estrela, a mountainous natural park.
Twice-daily images of Portugal are available from the MODIS Rapid Response System.
  1. References

  2. BBC News. (2010, August 13). Two firefighters killed tackling forest fires in Spain. Accessed August 13, 2010.
  3. BBC News. (2010, August 12). Deadly fires rage on in Portugal. Accessed August 13, 2010.
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
Instrument: 
Aqua - MODIS







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NASA: It is happening now - Está sucediendo ahora - 16-08-10 -Fires in British Columbia. Canada - Fires in Madeira. Portugal - Fires in Portugal






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