Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Fires and Smoke in Canada's Northern Territories

22.07.2014

Environment Canada has issued a high health risk warning for Yellowknife and surrounding area because of heavy smoke in the region due to forest fires.

Currently 160 wildfires are burning across the region.  There are no plans for evacuation since these fires are endangering people or property. 

Weather that has been hitting the area recently comes with mixed results.  The rains help to dampen the fires, but the lightning tends to start others.

This year the Northern Territories have seen 855,000 hectares (over 2,100,000 acres) burned as opposed to the territories 10 year average of 102,000 hectares (252,000 acres). 

The number of fires burning are somewhat the same, but the area burned has grown eight-fold this year.  Fire danger in this area remains very high to extreme with no discernable change in that forecast in the near future.

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on July 20, 2014.

Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner with information from Canada's National Wildland Fire Situation site.

Rob Gutro | Eurek Alert!
Further information:
http://www.nasa.gov/content/fires-and-smoke-in-canadas-northern-territories/

Further reports about: Fires NASA Resolution Weather satellite

More articles from Earth Sciences:

nachricht Massive debris pile reveals risk of huge tsunamis in Hawaii
21.10.2014 | American Geophysical Union

nachricht NASA's HS3 Mission Continues With Flights Over Hurricane Gonzalo
21.10.2014 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

All articles from Earth Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Battery Conference April 2015 in Aachen

16.10.2014 | Event News

Experts discuss new developments in the field of stem cell research and cell therapy

10.10.2014 | Event News

Zoonoses: Global collaboration is more important than ever

07.10.2014 | Event News

 
Latest News

Staph ‘Gangs’ Share Nutrients During Infection

21.10.2014 | Life Sciences

Atomic Trigger Shatters Mystery of How Glass Deforms

21.10.2014 | Materials Sciences

Goldilocks Principle Wrong for Particle Assembly: Too Hot & Too Cold Is Just Right

21.10.2014 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>