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Impassable One Fire in Florida

April 4, 2013
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this image of the Impassable One fire as swept through 38,000 acres of timber and swamp land in the Osceola National Forest in northeast Florida. The fire began as a prescribed burn on March 2, 2004, but slipped out of control, growing under windy conditions on March 6 and 7. On March 9, about 30 families in Taylor, Florida were forced to evacuate briefly before rains staunched the fire’s progress. As of March 10, 38,000 acres had burned, and the fire was 20 percent contained. This MODIS image, captured by the Aqua satellite on March 9, 2004, shows a plume of smoke rising from the fire, which is marked in red. Several other fires, also marked in red, were observed in northwest Florida and southern Georgia. These fires are likely agricultural fires. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC


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