Fires Across Western Canada and United States •

Fires Across Western Canada and United States

On August 1, 2003, dozens of large fires were burning across western North America in Canada (top half of image) 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 image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite.

Western Canada is the traditional territory of numerous First Nations predating the arrival of Europeans. As Britain colonized the west, it established treaties with various First Nations, took control of other areas without opposition and fought with other First Nations to take control of Western Canada. Not all lands were ceded by the First Nations to British control and land claims are still ongoing. Also Fires Across Western Canada and United States are  very common during the storm seasons. Therefore you will see a lot of damage done across the areas where the storms have swept. A lot of national storms and fires are burning across the area of Canada and along the united states. The image above shows.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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