Forest Fires In Canada

05 May 2016


On 05 May 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 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 (OLI bands 7-5-3). 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. According to news reports, the burned area grew significantly overnight.
Source: NASA EarthObservatory

 

A destructive wildfire burned through Canada’s Northern Alberta region, razing neighborhoods in Fort McMurray and displacing tens of thousands of residents. At 12:34 p.m. local time on 03 May 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired this false-color image of the fire. The image combines shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (OLI bands 7-5-3). 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. When this image was acquired, the fire was burning southwest of downtown Fort McMurray. Across the day, a growing number of neighborhoods were placed under mandatory evacuation orders. By the evening of 03 May, the mandatory evacuation covered all of Fort McMurray—the largest evacuation on record in Canada.
Source: NASA EarthObservatory

 

On 04 May 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. 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.
Source: NASA EarthObservatory

 

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