Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Trio of Landsat Satellites Capture Alberta Fires May 2023

Detailed Description

The three active Landsat satellites captured imagery of fires burning in an area of the Alberta province, Canada, in May of 2023. 

This animation displays mosaics of the imagery acquired by Landsat 9’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on May 13th, Landsat 8’s OLI on May 14th, and Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) on May 16th. 

The false color images display the SWIR, NIR, and Red bands from each sensor; this combination penetrates the smoke and lightly cloudy areas to see the burning areas in bright red, and the scars from the fires in darker red/brown.

  • Landsat 9: Path 45 Rows 21-23, May 13, 2023
  • Landsat 8: Path 44, Rows 21-23, May 14, 2023
  • Landsat 7: Path 45 Rows 21-23, May 16, 2023

Imagery from Landsat continues to help researchers, emergency responders, and the public to understand the scale and scope of wildfires around the world.

Visit the Landsat Missions Web Site to learn more about these active missions, historical, and planned future missions. 


Public Domain.

Imagery and animation created by Michelle Bouchard, USGS