Last update: November 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am
On April 20, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over British Columbia, Canada and captured a true-color image of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.
The Canadian Rockies begin at the Laird River in northern British Columbia and run about 900 mi (1,450 km) southward to the Idaho and Montana at the United States border, and are the inland mountain range seen in this image. The snow-capped mountains seen in the west are the Coastal Mountains.
This image is centered on an area that suffered badly from numerous large wildfires in 2015. According to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Over 283,400 hectares burned in the province in 2015, with over $278 million spent on wildfire management, making it one of the busiest and most expensive season in recent years.
The first significant fire of the 2016 fire season was discovered on April 9 near Quesnel, a town located in the northwest section of this image, and likely covered by cloud. The blaze was about 1,000 hectares in size when discovered. On April 18 the Ministry reported that BC Wildfire Service crews had responded to 59 wildfires since April 1. On April 20 there is no evidence of fires in southern British Columbia in this image.