The fire is located in the Pinhook Swamp, which extends into both Baker and Columbia counties of northern Florida. Pinhook Swamp consists of pine flatwoods and swamps and are located between the Osceola National Forest and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla. stated in their Hazardous Weather Outlook on April 11, 2012 at 3:40 a.m. EDT, “Smoke from the large county line wildfire in northern Columbia and Baker counties will impact portions of northeast Florida this morning. Winds will become northwest early this morning in wake of a cold front. The smoke plume is expected to drift southeast today [into Central Florida]. Winds will increase by late morning and this will cause more dispersion of the smoke…thus visibilities should improve today away from the immediate wildfire site.”
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