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Photo-iss012e13692
International Space Station Imagery
A forest fire in Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana
high res (1.0 M) low res (62 K)
ISS012-E-13692 (2 Jan. 2006) --- A Forest Fire in Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 12 crew member on the International Space Station. Dry conditions and high winds have led to numerous recent fire outbreaks throughout much of the southwestern and south-central USA. This image captures the smoke plume from a fire in the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Louisiana. Drought conditions have persisted for much of the past year, leading to an increased fuel load comprised of dried grasses, shrubs, and trees. The combination of high amounts of dry fuel and frequent high winds has stoked small point fires into widespread brush fires. The fires generating this minimum 25-kilometer smoke plume started at approximately 13:00 hours local time. This image was acquired approximately 3.5 hours later as the station passed over the Texas/Louisiana border to the southwest. The extent of the plume reflects the strong westerly winds that drove the fire eastwards and damaged an estimated 200-300 acres of the wildlife refuge. The striking illumination of the plume is caused by a very low sun angle (angle between the horizon and the Sun directly below the space station), but this also results in generally low illumination of other scene features such as agricultural fields.

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