Fires and Smoke in Alberta, Canada
This image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying aboard the Terra satellite acquired this true-color image on July 10, 2012 at 18:55 UTC (July 11 at 2:00 am EDT/U.S.) The instrument's thermal sensors detected heat signatures in multiple locations, and these appear in red in the image. When combined with smoke, such signatures indicate active fires. One of the wildfires forced provincial officials to close the Mackenzie Highway for a second time Monday, July 9, about 100 kilometers north of High Level. To the south of High Level, smoke from another wildfire, 15 kilometers southeast of La Crete, has caused problems for some residents. The two blazes are listed as out of control in the northwest corner of Alberta. Both cover about 1,000 hectares.
From CBC news in Canada on July 10:
A hamlet in northwestern Alberta was placed under a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday night because of an encroaching wildfire. Zama is located about 936 kilometers northwest of Edmonton.
The order, which was issued at 9:36 p.m. MT, affects Zama, which is home to about 150 people at this time of year, according to John Klassen, director of operations for Mackenzie County.
Zama is known for its oil and gas operations and tends to have a higher population during the winter drilling season.
Image: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team; Caption: Lynn Jenner, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center