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Thick Smoke Across Central Africa

6S 29.5E

June 27th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISTerra

DRC, Tanzania, Zambia – June 26th, 2013

Red and yellow markers indicate the locations of hundreds of fires burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, in central Africa in late June. Smoke from the fires, which were probably set to manage land, creates a hazy veil across the image. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, this air quality-degrading smoke can be dangerous to human and animal health.

Fires West of Lake Tanganyika, DRC and Tanzania – June 26th, 2013

7.7S 29.0E

June 26th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISAqua

DRC, Tanzania, Zambia – June 26th, 2013

Dozens of fires are burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, in central Africa in late June. The fires, most of which are burning in grass or cropland, are indicated by red markers. Separating the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania is the large Lake Tanganyika. More smoke is visible west of the lake than to its east.

Manitoba Dealing With 27 Active Forest Fires, Canada

57.6N 94.8W

June 26th, 2013 Category: Fires VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Canada – June 25th, 2013

There were 27 active forest fires burning in Manitoba as of June 25 – all of them in the Northeast Region. There have been 168 forest fires to date this year as of June 25, consuming 127,239 hectares. Eleven helicopters, six Bombardier CL-415 and CL-215 Manitoba water bombers and 202 extra firefighters were involved in fire suppression activities Tuesday.

Ilford-War Lake NE Fire 065 and Keeyask NE Fire 063, both started by lighting almost two weeks ago on June 6, continue to burn out of control, and have necessitated the evacuation of about 500 people from York Landing, south of Split Lake, and home of the York Factory First Nation, War Lake First Nation Band and Ilford, and Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask infrastructure camp. NE Fire 065 was 50,500 hectares in size as of June 25, while NE Fire 063 was 18,600 hectares in size.

Fires West of Hudson Bay, Canada – June 25th, 2013

57.7N 95.2W

June 25th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISAqua

Canada – June 25th, 2013

Several wildfires can be seen burning west of the Hudson Bay, in Manitoba and Nunavut, Canada. The fires are releasing thick plumes of white smoke that are being carried northwest by winds. Visible releasing sediments into the Hudson Bay is the Nelson River, which has a mean discharge of 2,370 cubic metres per second (84,000 cu ft/s).

Haze Over Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada

47.0N 62W

June 25th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

Canada – June 24th, 2013

Haze hangs over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Canada. The haze is possibly caused by smoke from wildfires burning to the northwest. The Gulf of Saint Lawrence is the world’s largest estuary and the outlet of the Great Lakes of North America via the Saint Lawrence River into the Atlantic Ocean. The gulf is a semienclosed sea, covering an area of about 236,000 square kilometres (91,000 sq mi) and containing about 35,000 cubic kilometres (8,400 cu mi) of water, which results in an average depth of 148 meters.

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