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In Spring 2007, the SE Georgia and N Florida landscape experienced a megawildfire, which accidentally ignited as a result of a downed powerline near the town of Waycross, Ga. The wildfire eventually engulfed ~600,000 acres. Despite the enormity in size, there was minimal structure damage and human lives were spared due to the exceptional efforts by firefighters. Many things were extraordinary about this fire: the scale, fire behavior, and rates of spread and loss of timber revenue. However, fire is a critically important process in the southeastern landscape and the effects of this fire will allow land managers unprecedented opportunities.

These photographs, in order, were taken on July 2 from a Georgia Forestry Commission helicopter. Take care to examine the background (top of screen) which depicts the scale of consumption.