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PHOTO: Canada's wildfires seen from space

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:42 PM -

On Monday NASA released a startling satellite image detailing Canada's active wildfires.

"This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on July 20, 2014," NASA says.

"Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red."

RELATED: Most evacuees return home as fire threat eases in B.C.

So far this year, than 855,000 hectares of land have been scorched in the Northwest Territories alone. According to NASA, the number of fires burning this year are "somewhat the same", but dry conditions have helped the flames burn through an area roughly eight times larger than last year.

Fighting this year's fires has been costly.

According to officials, the Northwest Territories is spending about $1 million a day to contain the fires, while British Columbia has been spending between $3 and $5 million a day.

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