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Canadian wildfires seen from space

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 14, 2014, 5:58 PM - Active fires blazing in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories are contributing to one of the country's worst wildfire seasons on record.

The NWT fires, for example, occupy a cumulative space  equivalent to the size of Texas and are so powerful, they can be seen from outer space.

An image taken by the NOAA's GOES-west satellite on July 9, 2014 depicts the brownish haze created by the NWT fires which is reducing visibility as far away as South Dakota.

Currently, there are 63 wildfires burning in B.C. alone -- and that number could climb with a risk of lightning in the forecast.

Smoke from the NWT flames has reduced air quality in parts of Alberta, which has has health advisories in place.

Numerous evacuation orders are in effect in at-risk areas.

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Twenty firefighters are battling a 30-square-kilometre blaze in north B.C. near Williston Lake that started Thursday. 

Near Quesnel, in the North Cariboo region, 41 firefighters and six helicopters are trying to put out a six-square-kilometre fire which started Tuesday.

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