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Okefenokee Swamp Fire, Georgia
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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 (MISR). 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.
The images illustrate the extent of the smoke using two types of
visualization. The top panel is a natural-color view acquired by MISR’s
nadir (vertical-viewing) camera, and the lower view is a 3D stereo anaglyph
created using data from MISR’s 46-degree and 70-degree backward-viewing