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Fires and Smoke Across British Columbia and Alberta
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Fires and Smoke Across British Columbia and Alberta

March 27, 2013
Beginning on August 1, 2003, dozens of large fires were burning across western North America in Canada (top half of images) and the United States (bottom half). Huge plumes of smoke were streaming northeastward from massive fires in Canada’s British Columbia (left) and Alberta (right) provinces, while across the international border, fires were burning in (left to right) Washington, Idaho, and Montana. This series of images was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite and Terra satellites. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC