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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: June 20, 2011 - Smoke over the Atlantic from fires in Georgia and Florida

Status Report From: NASA MODIS Web
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011

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Smoke from fires in Georgia and Florida streamed eastward over the Atlantic Ocean on June 15, 2011.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.

Red outlines indicate actively burning fires. The Honey Prairie Complex Fire in Georgia produces most of the smoke, but significant smoke also arises from the Espanola Fire. The Espanola Fire is located on the east coast of Florida. Distinguishable from clouds by its darker color and less distinct margins, the smoke extends hundreds of kilometers east of the coast. As of June 19, 2011, the Honey Prairie Complex had already burned 229,498 acres (92,874 hectares). Although it was 60 percent contained, the growth potential is rated as “high”, according to Inciweb. Storms passed over Volusia and Flager counties in Florida on June 18, hindering firefighting operations and sparking four new fires near the site of the Espanola Fire. These fires were quickly extinguished, but The Espanola Fire had consumed 5,045 acres (2,401 hectares) by the morning of June 19. Smoke from Honey Prairie Complex Fire, along with smoke from the Wallow Fire in Arizona, affected air quality in the U.S. Southeast and Mississippi Valley in mid-June 2011, according to the U.S. Air Quality “Smog Blog.”

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