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County Line Fire Still Burning in Florida, USA; Other Fires Visible to the North – April 13th, 2012

30.4N 82.8W

April 13th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Mountains

USA - April 12th, 2012

Smoke from the County Line Fire, near the Florida-Georgia border, is carried southwestward in an S-shape by air currents. The blaze has burning at least an additional 5,000 acres per day over the last several days. On Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET it was listed at 34,936 acres with 50% containment. Visible near the coast to the northeast and in the Appalachian Mountains to the north (in the full image) is smoke from multiple smaller wildfires.

County Line Fire Has Consumed Over 25,000 Acres in Florida, USA – April 12th, 2012

30.4N 82.8W

April 12th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA - April 11th, 2012

The County Line Fire continues to generate a thick plume of smoke along the northern Florida/Georgia border. Here, the plume appears to have a V-shaped due to a shift in wind-direction from the southwest to the southeast. Over 100 firefighters are still combatting the fire, which was started by a lightning strike on the 5th of April and has now consumed more than 25,000 acres.

The fire is located in the Pinhook Swamp, which extends into both Baker and Columbia counties of northern Florida. Pinhook Swamp consists of pine flatwoods and swamps and are located between the Osceola National Forest and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

County Line Fire in Florida and Other Wildfires in Southern USA – April 10th, 2012

30.5N 84.4W

April 10th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - April 9th, 2012

Visible in the lower right quadrant of this image is the County Line Fire, a wildfire that began on April 5th in the Pinhook Swamp in Florida, USA. The swamp fire has burned about 7,000 acres, and the area affected runs along the Columbia and Baker County line.

The fire has been generating a lot of smoke; yesterday a Dense Smoke Advisory was issued for Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua Counties. Over 27,000 acres in Florida have burned from 1,210 wildfires since the beginning of the year. Drought conditions are worst in north and northeast Florida, with severe drought in northern central Florida.

Moving northward and westward, multiple other plumes of smoke can be observed from fires in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Several plumes are clustered near the left edge of the image, by the Mississippi-Alabama border.

County Line Fire Releasing Thick Column of Smoke in Florida, USA – April 9th, 2012

30.3N 82.3W

April 9th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA - April 8th, 2012

A wildfire that began Thursday in the Pinhook Swamp just north of the Columbia County line in Florida, USA, has grown to an estimated 4,570 acres. The County Line fire is contained completely within Osceola National Forest boundaries in Baker County. It has been suggested that a lightning strike started the fire, though at this point the cause has not been confirmed.

The fire, which started about two miles south of SR 2, has produced a dense plume of smoke that has been reported as far west as Panama City. Here, a thick column of smoke can be seen near the image center. The trails of smoke blown northeast, east and west indicate shifting winds. Winds traveling out the east-northeast direction have caused a westerly migration of the plume.

Smoke from Fires in Appalachian Mountains and County Line Fire, USA – April 14th, 2012

35.1N 83.2W

April 14th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - April 13th, 2012

This image shows plumes of smoke from wildfires in the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States of America. The ridges of the mountains appear brown in contrast to the more green terrain of the valleys between and below them.

Visible in the full image is some smoke from the County Line Fire, near the Florida-Georgia border. During the early morning hours on the day this image was captured, the smoke moved in a westerly direction. The exact location of the source of the smoke is difficult to pinpoint, however, due to clouds hanging over the area.

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