Smoke over the Atlantic from Fires in Georgia and Florida
The eastern border between Florida and Georgia around the Okefenokee Swamp is aflame with three major fires. NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Terra satellite acquired this image of the fires on June 22, 2011 at 15:45 UTC (11:45 a.m. EDT). The fires appear in red, indicating the heat detected by the MODIS instrument.
Most of the smoke is from the Honey Prairie Complex fire, now 266,320 acres wide. North of the Honey Prairie Complex fire are the Satilla Summer fires, which total 21,221 acres and are located 12 miles south of Hoboken, Ga., according to the U.S. Forest Service's Incident Information System. This image also features the fires along north Florida, including the Impassable Bay fire. At the southern tip of Florida is the Oil Pad Complex fire, which totals 10,524 acres and is 90 percent contained.
Many counties in Florida and Georgia have banned open fires and fireworks, according to the Associated Press. The Florida Division of Forestry reported on June 21 that 3,800 wildfires have consumed nearly 400 square miles.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Melissa Quijada, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.