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Okefenokee Swamp Fire, Georgia

April 2, 2003
Large smoke plumes were produced by the Blackjack complex fire in southeastern Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp on May 8, 2002. Smoke from the fires, (which contributed to hazy skies across much of north Florida) is apparent in this image pair from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer. The fires started in late April, and had grown to consume about 95,000 acres of swampland and longleaf pine forest by May 20. Fire is a natural part of the swamp ecosystem, however, and a number of key plant and animal species within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge ecosystems are dependent on fire for their survival.