10 June 1997 -- Lightning-induced Wildfires over Ontario and Quebec

GOES-8 visible image

GOES-8 visible | Magnified view | Animation

GOES-8 IR2 image

GOES-8 shortwave IR | Magnified view

Persistent warm and dry conditions over southeastern Canada during early June led to a high wildfire potential over the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Several active smoke plumes are seen in the visible image (left), along with fire source hot spots in the shortwave infrared image (right). Smoke from the previous days of burning had been transported southward and then westward around a slow-moving Great Lakes anticylonic circulation; this smoke could be seen drifting over portions of New England and the Great Lakes.

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