For the past week, fires have raged across southeast Georgia, consuming nearly 40,000 acres of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. This true-color image of the largest fire near Blackjack Island, Georgia, was acquired on May 3, 2002, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiomter (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. >
The fire was ignited by lightning strikes and has spread quickly over a large area of scrub brush in the swamp. Although the fire is now endangering some buildings in nearby Stephen Foster State Park, no one has been injured or killed.