Lateral West Fire Satellite Video and Photo

Smoke from the Lateral West Fire burning in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (GDSBWR) in southeastern Virginia was caught by the GOES-13 satellite streaming out to the east.

The GOES-13 satellite captures images every 15 minutes, and they’ve been put together in the videos below to show a three day animation of the event.

Centered southwest of Lake Drummon in the GDSBWR, southeast of Suffolk, Virginia, InciWeb is reporting that the fire began from a lightning strike in the refuge. Existing drought conditions provided extra fuel for the blaze.

By Thursday the 11th of August, the fire was only 10 percent contained and had already consumed a whopping 5,700 acres of land. There are currently 158 personel on the fire, including 21 engines, 5 bulldozers and 4 helicopters. For more and regular information on the fire, check out InciWeb’s page.

Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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