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

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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.

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