Multiple wildfires affecting Canada as intense heatwave hits

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Published on 7 July 2022

An intense heatwave is currently affecting Canada. In Inuvik, an Arctic town in the Northwest territories, the temperature exceeded 30°C for three days in a row, peaking at 31.8°C on 5 July 2022.

Simultaneously, multiple wildfires are ongoing in the region. According to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of the Government of the Northwest Territories, there currently is a total of 65 active fires burning in the area.

One of the fires, burning next to the Great Bear Lake, is visible in this image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 5 July 2022.

Open data retrieved by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites allows the monitoring and mapping of the effects of wildfires at all latitudes.