May 3, 2002 (1.8 MB JPEG)
May 8, 2002 (2.6 MB JPEG)
For the past week, fires have raged across southeast Georgia, consuming
nearly 40,000 acres of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. This true-color
image of the largest fire near Blackjack Island, Georgia, was acquired on May 3,
2002 (top), by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiomter (MODIS), flying aboard
NASA’s Terra satellite. The fire was ignited by lightning strikes and has
spread quickly over a large area of scrub brush in the swamp. Due to the
unseasonably dry conditions and the difficult swamp terrain, firefighters have
been struggling to keep the fire from spreading any further across the
400,000-acre refuge. Although the fire is now endangering some buildings in
nearby Stephen Foster State Park, no one has been injured or killed. By May 8th (lower)
the area covered by the fire itself—denoted by red pixels—had shrunk, but
smoke continued to billow from the site.
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