As many of you may have seen in the news, the town of Fort McMurray, Canada has been devastated by forest fires in the past few days. Because of very low amounts of precipitation over the winter, hot and dry conditions in the spring, and high winds fueling the fire beyond what firefighters could possibly control, the flames spread quickly. The growth of the fire has also created additional winds that have spread hot sparks, ashes, and debris - causing the fire to spread to new areas. Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray during this difficult time.
Source imagery: DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite on May 5th with infrared coloration to increase clarity of the smoke and flames of the fire.