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Controlled Burn Near Fort Stewart Georgia
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Controlled Burn Near Fort Stewart, Georgia

April 15, 2012
WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia reported that nearby Fort Stewart was conducting a controlled burn and NASA's Aqua satellite captured the smoke plume from the burn as it extended from the fort out over the Atlantic Ocean.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the smoke from the controlled burn on April 11 at 18:25 UTC (2:25 p.m. EDT) when the wind was blowing from the northwest, pushing the thick stream of smoke to the southeast and out over the Atlantic Ocean. The fire appears as red square and smoke from the fires appears a light brown color.

The controlled burn is conducted to remove underbrush that may serve to fuel wildfires. The controlled burn encompasses around 1,300 acres.

Image: NASA Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Text: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rob Gutro


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