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Saskatchewan and Manitoba
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Saskatchewan and Manitoba

July 6, 2006

Each red dot on this image of Alberta, (far left) Saskatchewan (left), and Manitoba (right), recently acquired by the MODIS on the Terra satellite, represents an active fire.

These forest fires in Central Canada, many triggered by lightning, were spreading thick smoke and forcing evacuations by June 28. Smoke from the fires is readily visible in the image, being blown to the south. It is the smoke, rather than danger of fire, that has caused the evacuation orders in Saskatchewan.

Lake Athabasca (upper left) sits at the border of Alberta (far left) and Saskatchewan provinces. Reindeer Lake is visible at the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border.