Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire

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Image of the Week: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Fire

Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager captures the scene as many acres burn in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Series Description:
"Image of the Week" is a series of videos produced by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center featuring remotely sensed imagery of the Earth's landscapes. Each week a new location or event is featured and we share the story of why that particular imagery is chosen.

Learn more about the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center by visiting our website: https://eros.usgs.gov.

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Length: 00:00:57

Location Taken: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA, US

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A wildfire ignited by lightning
in the Okefenokee National

Wildlife Refuge on April 6, 2017,
is persisting into May. Hot,

dry weather and extremely dry
fuels are making the fire

difficult to contain.
As of May 21, the blaze,

also called the West Mims Fire,
had burned 152,478 acres.

Thick smoke is affecting nearby
communities, and falling ash has

been reported to have reached
Jacksonville, Florida, about

30 miles to the southeast.

Landsat 8's Operational Land
Imager combine shortwave

infrared, near infrared and
red spacial bands to produce

vivid false color images of
the burned area.

Continuous acquisitions by
Landsat will provide scientists

with the important data through
the duration of the fire,

as well as after the flames are
extinguished, for assessments

of burn severity, regrowth,
and restoration.