June 10, 2010 - Smoke from Quebec Fires

Smoke from Quebec Fires

Smoke spread out in a stream over the Atlantic Ocean on May 31, 2010. The MODIS on the Terra satellite captured this image on the same day. The fires (of which there were over 50) were in the Canadian province of Quebec, though weather patterns pushed the smoke into northern New England and then out to sea. Visible beneath the smoke is the distinct hook of Cape Cod. The wildfires were believed to have been started by lightning.

More than 1300 people were evacuated from their homes, though they were able to return a week later. Building damaged appeared to be minimal. Recent rainfall has helped put some of the forest fires out, though a few are still burning.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 05/31/2010
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC