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Suomi NPP satellite continues to monitor Alberta’s huge wildfire

06 May 2016

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The Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada, continues to burn, and the smoke and heat from the intense fires are detectable by satellite. The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite carries an instrument so sensitive to low light levels that it can detect wildfires in the middle of the night, as well as during the daytime. It captured day and night images of the fire.

On 6 May 2016, all of Fort McMurray is under a mandatory evacuation order. The Fort McMurray International Airport remains open at this time.

Suomi NPP's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument captured a look at the fire and the smoke generated by the fire during the daytime on 5 May 2016 at 3:45 p.m. EDT (19:45 UTC). In the image the hotspots indicate the location of the fires. The smoke was blowing to the south-southeast of the fires in Fort McMurray. Suomi NPP is a joint mission of NASA, NOAA and the Department of Defense.

Source: NASA

Image credit: NASA MODIS Rapid Response, Jeff Schmaltz - Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada

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