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Smoke and Wildfires in Forests of British Columbia, Canada

56.0N 129.8W

August 10th, 2010 Category: Fires

Canada - July 29th, 2010

Much of this image of the Canadian province of British Columbia is veiled by haze caused by the smoke from wildfires. Two particularly large blazes can be seen near the left edge, releasing plumes of smoke towards the east.

Seventy-five percent of the province of British Colombia is mountainous (more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level); 60% is forested; and only about 5% is arable.Much of the western part of Vancouver Island and the rest of the coast is covered by temperate rainforest. It is therefore likely that the fires are in forested areas and were not set for agricultural reasons.

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