New photos from NASA of the BC wildfires from space:
In July 2017, the forests of south-central British Columbia were primed to burn. Abnormally hot, dry weather had stressed vegetation and dried out the soil, and many forests were already full of dead trees because of infestations of mountain pine beetles. When lightning storms passed over the region on July 7, more than 100 fires were sparked. Some of these fires are still raging. As of July 19, 2017, the British Columbia Wildfire Service reported 50 wildfires burning in the region managed by the Cariboo fire center and another 21 in the Kamloops fire center . The fires have charred roughly 300,000 hectares (1,000 square miles). On July 18, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured these images of smoke blanketing the region. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands , are outlined in red. As smoke sp...