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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.

Smoke From County Line Fire Fanning Southward – April 11th, 2012

30.2N 82.2W

April 11th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA - April 10th, 2012

Close-up

The County Line Fire, a large fire in Pinhook Swamp, in northern Florida, is generating a lot of smoke along the Georgia county line and has caused Smoke Advisories to be posted from Hamilton County to Jacksonville, Florida. The swamp fire has burned about 7,000 acres, and the area affected runs along the Columbia and Baker County line.

On April 9, 2012, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Dense Smoke Advisory for Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua Counties. The NWS advisory stated, “The county line wildfire in northern Columbia County will continue to send dense smoke downwind of the fire today. Dense smoke will spread south and east from northern Columbia and Baker counties as far south as Alachua County.” Here, the smoke can be best observed in the close-up, fanning out to the south and also blowing in a thinner, more elongated plume towards the southwest.

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.

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