Okanagan Fire, British Columbia
As of September 5, 2003, nearly 3200 people in the southeastern part of the city of Kelowna were ordered from their homes as the 23,000-hectare (~57,000-acre) fire moved closer. At one point, nearly 30,000 people were forced out, about one-third of the city’s total population. This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection (ASTER) radiometer on the Terra satellite was captured on September 2, 2003, and shows the widespread devastation left by the blaze.
The deep pink area tucked into the bend in Okanagan Lake is the burned area. Smoke (light blue) and areas of active burning (bright pinkish-whit