Honey Prairie Fire From Space {Photo of the Day}

The plumes of smoke visible in this image of the Honey Prairie Fire are probably the only thing to worry about, as the fire scours away the scrub and brush in the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia, clearing the land for fresh prairie grass to grow back.

The image was captured on May 8, 2011, by the Landsat-7 satellite, as fire managers in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge allowed the Honey Prairie Fire to burn. The work of firefighters was to ensure that the fire did not take any structures and to keep it bounded within the Wildlife Refuge.

The fire was started by lightning on April 28, and by May 8 approximately 61,822 acres had burned.

Source: NASA Goddard

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