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Wildfire and Bodies of Water Near Lake Ontario

43.5N 77.7W

December 3rd, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Canada - November 18th, 2009

Canada - November 18th, 2009

The Saint Lawrence river flows from southwest to northeast out of Lake Ontario, forming the border between the Canadian province of Ontario (above)  and the US state of New York (below). The river connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and is the primary drainage of the Great Lakes Basin.

Other lakes are visible near Lake Ontario, including the long, thin Finger Lakes (lower right quadrant) in New York State, the rounded Lake Simcoe (center left edge) and the northeastern tip of Lake Huron (bottom left corner). Away from the lakes, in the upper left corner, a wildfire can be seen releasing smoke towards the northwest.

Wildfire North of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada

46.5N 81W

November 15th, 2009 Category: Fires, Lakes

Canada - November 8th, 2009

Canada - November 8th, 2009

Smoke trails east-northeast from a wildfire burning northwest of the Canadian city of Greater Sudbury, in the province of Ontario, in the upper left quadrant of this image.

Several bodies of water can be seen nearby, the closest of which is Lake Wanapitei, which occupies a meteorite crater near Greater Sudbury. The crater is 5.2 miles (8.37 km) in diameter and the age is estimated to be 37.2 ± 1.2 million years.

East of Lake Wanapitei is the larger Lake Nipissing, with a surface area of 873.3 km2 (337.2 sq mi) and a mean elevation of 196 m (643 ft) above sea level. It is relatively shallow for a large lake, with an average depth of only 4.5 m (14.8 ft). The shallowness of the lake makes for many sandbars along the lake’s irregular coastline.

To the south of both lakes is Georgian Bay, is a large bay of Lake Huron (bottom left quadrant). The main body of the bay lies east of the Bruce Peninsula and south of Manitoulin Island, the largest island in a freshwater lake in the world.  The Main Channel separates the Bruce Peninsula from Manitoulin Island and connects Georgian Bay to the rest of Lake Huron.

Wildfires West of Great Slave Lake, Canada

59.6N 120.3W

September 26th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

Canada – September 25th, 2012

A string of days with no new forest fires in Canada came to an end on Tuesday September 24. Plumes of smoke from fires west and southwest of the Great Slave Lake (upper right quadrant), in Canada, blow to the south and the southeast. The fires are located in the country’s Northwest Territories (above) as well as in the provinces of British Columbia (lower left) and Alberta (lower right).

While the fire hazard has diminished greatly in provinces such as Ontario, other Canadian provinces are still receiving hot weather that is driving up the fire danger. Ontario will be providing 33 personnel to Alberta on Monday September 24 to assist with the fire hazard in that province.

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