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Smoke from Fires in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, USA – July 7th, 2011

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July 7th, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA - July 4th, 2011

Parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are veiled in smoke blowing northeastward from fires in places such as southern Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

The Okefenokee’s Honey Prairie fire, which started in April and has burned 287,822 acres, consumed more than 1,000 new acres on its western edge in the last three days, Georgia Forestry Commission officials said Tuesday.

Georgia’s Racepond and Sweat Farm fires have burned about 20,000 acres each and are 75 percent contained, officials said.

A new wildfire that started last week in Georgia has burned about 260 acres, officials said. All are producing a good bit of smoke and Georgia officials said they expect more.

Florida on Tuesday had 96 active wildfires, including its share of the Honey Prairie fire at the Georgia border, according to the Florida Division of Forestry.

Twenty-three of the fires have burned 100 acres or more. About 20,000 state acres and more than 300,000 federal acres have been scorched in these active fires.

A wildfire that broke out Saturday near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has destroyed about 700 acres, including set backfires, state forestry officials said. Smoke from it could drift up to North Carolina, officials said.

 

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