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National Fire Stats Falsified?

Posted by feww on March 27, 2011

Hundred Wildfires Erupt in Georgia

Wildfires in Georgia – Satellite Image

About a dozens large fire (outlined in red) were burning in southeastern Georgia on March 25, 2011 when MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the above image. “The U.S. Forest Service identified the fires as being the Sessom Community Fire and the Elm Church Road Fire. They were among at least 11 large fires burning in Georgia on March 25. The Elm Church Road fire burned 2,000 acres on March 24, threatening the town of Cogdell, said the Georgia Forestry Commission. The fire was clearly still large the next day, when this image was taken. Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency in the counties where the two large fires were burning.” Source: NASA-EO.   Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG).

Fire Activity Continues

Heavy fire activity continues throughout Georgia, said  Georgia Forestry Commission. Since March 23, fire fighters have responded
to as many as 100 wildfires that have burned thousands of acres.

National Fire Stats Falsified?

Meanwhile, the National Interagency Fire Center have substantially revised and reduced their Year-to-date statistics. On Thursday March 24, 2011 the figures were as follows:

Year-to-date statistics 2011 (1/1/11 – 3/24/11)

  • Fires: 15,906
  • Acres: 616,427

Just a day later, the burnt-out acreage had shrunk by about 14 percent,  while the number of fires had actually climbed.

  • Fires: 16,208
  • Acres: 530,611

No explanation was provided as to the reason for the drastic alteration in burnt-out acreage extent.

See below for a partial Print Screen:

Click image to enlarge.

Meanwhile, Georgia gov. has declared a state of emergency because of the wildfires.

Fire status on Saturday from the GFC:

  • Bacon County — fire burning SW Bacon County and N. Ware County, 13,600 acres consumed, 40 percent contained.
  • Clinch County — fire burning in Arabia Bay, 16,000 acres burned, including portions of the community Berry Patch and the city of Homerville. Many residential and commercial structures are threatened, evacuations are underway.
  • Camden County – Mary Fields Plantation fire SW of Kingsland has destroyed 2,500 acres,  20 percent contained; Catfish Landing fire contained at 125 acres, caused when fire previously ruled arson reignited.
  • Coffee County — Moseley Road fire has consumed 1,595 acres; MC Jowers fire is contained at 200 acres.
  • Appling County – fire burning S. of Surrency is contained.
  • Brantley County — Fire off Highway 110 East contained at 5.9 acres (ruled as arson).
  • Jeff Davis County — contained at 75-80 acres.
  • Long County — Ludowici fire burned 4,000 acres, three homes destroyed; 75 percent contained. Doctor’s Creek area now in focus.
  • McIntosh County — Two fires burning north of Darien, homes under evacuation.
  • Wayne County — fire burning near Screven, now contained at 125 acres.

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