Thursday, May 03, 2007

Georgia Wildfire

We got the attention of the British newspaper The Guardian, although they have simply published the AP wire story by Russ Bynum. This is definitely related to long-term regional drought in the Southeast, the worst years of which are always when we are in the El Niño mode of ENSO. Groundwater withdrawal might also be a factor. This would be a great topic for a master's or Ph.D thesis.

The fire first broke out a little over two weeks ago on April 16th in the town of Ware along U.S. 1 between Waycross, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. It rapidly spread into the Okefenokee Swamp. This past weekend a few spot fires flared up outside of the main wildfire, which appears to be under control. There is suspicion that arson may be responsible for these spot fires, and our governor Sonny has made an appearance in Waycross to announce that he is taking charge and protecting us all from both nature and man.

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At 4:01 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Great image. I have followed the fires since they started. Best of luck to all affected.

At 8:43 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

I spoke with someone from USGS today. She said that depleted groundwater is definitely in part responsible. However, there is no use of our groundwater for mining at this point. The heavy mineral sands projects in Georgia were stopped.

At 11:43 PM , Blogger cenglish said...

I live here! It's a very bad situation. Wee bit of rain a couple of days ago, but nothing worthwhile!
Lost homes, lost wildlife, lost income...

At 5:50 PM , Blogger René O'Deay said...

Great report. do you live close by these areas?

I'm going to fave you, and join your group on mybloglog too

I do a bit on

they could use some more pictures of this crisis if you have any.

some posts on issues are on my gblog
mostly about new breakthroughs on biofuels, etc.


At 10:23 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

I live in northeast Georgia, several hundred miles from where the fires are. I hear about them on the radio and when surfing the internet. I do have an interest in their causes, however, and what the likelihood is for fires like this to recur in coming years.


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