August 11, 2014 - Smoke from Canadian wildfires over Baffin Bay

Smoke from Canadian wildfires over Baffin Bay

Canada’s intense fire season continued in August, 2014. On August 10, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, Inc. reported active response to 301 fires burning in the Northwest Territories and 189 fires in British Columbia. So far this year, 2,856,664 hectares were burnt in Northwest Territories and 248,750 hectares in British Columbia, with a total of 3,695,755.37 hectares affected in all of Canada in 2014. That total is already higher than total fires in 2013 (3,326,358 ha) and substantially higher than the 5 year average (2,202,010 ha), 10 year average (1,971,970 ha) and 25 year average (1,605,053 ha).

The heavy fire activity has also produced heavy smoke, which has drifted thousands of miles from the source. By late July, smoke attributed to these fires had reached New England and Washington, DC. It had also streamed thousands of miles to the north, making it all the way to Greenland.

On August 2, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of smoke over Baffin Bay. Baffin Bay sits between far northeastern Canada (west) and Greenland (east).

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 8/2/2014
Resolutions: 1km (313 KB), 500m (1.1 MB), 250m (2.8 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC