Thursday, October 27, 2005

THROUGH 0100Z October 27, 2005

Western US/Canada:
A large area of cloudiness across the western US and Canada associated
with a system moving in from the Pacific and a system already in the
Rockies has hindered smoke detection in the region.  Fires spread
across northern California, western Oregon and Washington and into
British Columbia.  A few fires in British Columbia are emitting dense
plumes of smoke moving north across the province.

Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota/Saskatchewan/Manitoba:
A large concentration of fires mostly agricultural burns spread across
North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with some producing areas of
dense smoke.  Clouds moving into these areas block the full view of smoke.
A smaller cluster of fires are burning in South Dakota and Minnesota with
associated smoke.  A fire in Brown County in northeastern South Dakota
is producing a moderate area of smoke moving north into Dickey County
in southeastern North Dakota.  Two fires in Minnesota, one in Norman
county and the other in Polk county are both emitting thin plumes of
smoke moving north across the state.

Southern Plains/Lower Mississippi Valley/Southeast US:
A large cluster of fires are burning across Arkansas, Louisiana and
southern Mississippi.  A smaller concentration of fires are located in
Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Fire in Choctaw,
Clarke, Wilcox and Monroe counties in southern Alabama are producing
moderate smoke plumes moving south across the state.  A fire in Barbour
county in southeastern Alabama is emitting a dense narrow plume of smoke
moving south. Fires burning in St. Mary, Iberia, Ascension, Iberville,
Assumption, St. John the Ba. and St James counties in southeastern
Louisiana are producing thin plumes of smoke moving south southwest
across the state.  In Arkansas, a fire burning in Little River county is
producing a thin area of smoke moving south into extreme northeastern
Texas.  A large fire in Grant county is spreading an area of dense
smoke southwest into Hot Springs and Grant counties.  A fire burning
in Lincoln county has an associated plume moving south southwest into
Bradley and Cleveland counties.  Most of the fires in these regions are
agricultural burns.



Unless otherwise indicated:
  • Areas of smoke are analyzed using GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST Visible satellite imagery.
  • Only a general description of areas of smoke or significant smoke plumes will be analyzed.
  • A quantitative assessment of the density/amount of particulate or the vertical distribution is not included.
  • Widespread cloudiness may prevent the detection of smoke even from significant fires.