Friday, January 20, 2006

THROUGH 0215Z January 21, 2006

Cloudiness prevented detection of fires and smoke across Florida this
afternoon. Before the cloudiness moved in, a fire in Baker County of
northeastern Florida in the Osceola National Forest was producing a
localized moderately dense area of smoke which generally fanned out in
a northerly direction.

Georgia/South Carolina:
Fires over Bryan County of southeastern Georgia and near the border of
Barnwell and Allendale Counties of southwestern South Carolina produced
smoke plumes which extended 50 to 75 miles to the north of their source.

North Carolina:
Rather small northeastward moving smoke plumes were observed from fires
over Bladen County of southern NC as well as Carteret County of far
eastern NC.

A fire close to the border of Jack and Parker Counties of north central
Texas was responsible for a small smoke plume which moved southeastward
during the late afternoon. A relatively small patch of what appears to be
blowing dust was visible moving southward late in the afternoon across
western Texas. The area of possible blowing dust only stretched across
a handful of counties and appeared to be centered close to San Angelo.

Southern California:
A cluster of what is believed to be mainly agricultural burns were
detected this afternoon across Imperial County of far southern California,
south of the Salton Sea. Several small areas of smoke were spreading in
a southward direction from these fires toward and across the US-Mexican
border into Baja.



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.