Update on the West Mims Wildfire at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The wildfire which was sparked by a lightning strike in the refuge on April 6, is still out of control and is growing. As of today, the fire has consumed nearly 130,000 acres of the Wildlife Refuge which is located along the Georgia-Florida border in southeastern Georgia. The last visible satellite image for today clearly shows the extensive smoke plume streaming to the southeast across much of northeast Florida and out over the Atlantic Ocean.


Visible satellite image from May 8, 2017

Compare this image from today with the image from Saturday when the low level winds were much stronger.


Stronger winds produced a much longer smoke plume.

Conditions are favorable for the wildfire to continue in the short term as hot, dry weather will continue for the remainder of the week. At this point in time, the only way for the wildfire to be extinguished is by a long soaking rain event such as with a tropical wave, storm or hurricane.



Mets vs Braves – July 2009

While downloading some forgotten images that were stored on my busted hp laptop, we came across these pics from a trip to see the Atlanta Braves take on our New York Mets at Turner Field in Atlanta. It was an early start Sunday night game that began at 6PM on ESPN.

Atlanta, Georgia on July 9th at 6PM – should have been nuclear hot out but it wasn’t. We caught a break! But the Mets didn’t!


Standing in the parking lot of Turner Field where the Fulton County Stadium used to be. My son, T.J. is standing near the original outfield wall where Hank Aaron hit his historic home run.


Of course starting in 2017, the Braves no longer play at Turner Field. They only played there for 20 years before moving to SunTrust Part on the northside of Atlanta.


One of the first sights of Turner field when you first walk in.



‘Met Killer’ and Braves great Chipper Jones #10 at the plate in the first inning. The Mets great David Wright #5 is just visible in the upper left of the image playing third base.



Good sized crowd for the ESPN Sunday Night game.


Miss Jackie – long time usher for the Braves works in the stands behind home plate. A super lady and friendly to smiling Mets fans too!


Me and Miss Jackie pose for a pic after the Braves beat my Mets, 7-1.


My guy Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets.


Last sight of Turner Field for us as we didn’t get a chance to go back before the Braves moved on.


Popular one time Brave, Jeff Francoeur #12 at the plate in his first appearance back in Atlanta as a Met.


Ah yes… the 1969 Atlanta Braves. The team the Mets beat in 3 straight games in 1969 to win the National League Pennant and then go on to win the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Thanks for your visit!

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Chris and T.J.