NASA’s MODIS captures image of Georgia Wildfires

NASA’s MODIS captures image of Georgia Wildfires

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Maryland, USA, 03 May 2007: A number of fires continue to burn in southeastern Georgia, as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed over, capturing the image on April 30. Active fire regions are indicated on the image with red pixels. Gusting winds and a lack of precipitation have added to the intensity of these fires, according to fire officials.

Two of the largest fires are burning next to each other in the northern section of the Okefenokee Swamp, in Georgia’s Ware County, located just north of Jacksonville, FL. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the Sweat Farm Road Fire burned near the town of Waycross in previous weeks, but by the end of April activity had moved to the southeast. These fires have burned over 50,000 acres of timber and swamps and threatened residents scattered throughout this rural area.

The Roundabout Fire, near the community of Kirkland, first sprang up on April 27, according to the U.S. Southern Area Coordination Center. As of May 1, this fire has spread to about 4,200 acres. The Big Turnaround Complex Fire, another blaze in the eastern part of the region, was extremely active over the weekend, reaching close to 34,000 acres, with flame lengths of more than 60 feet in certain areas.