Friday, February 10, 2006

THROUGH 0200Z February 11, 2006

Numberous fires south of Lake Okeechobee in the counties of Palm Beach
and Hendry are producing light to moderate smoke which moved north
across Lake Okeechobee covering portions of the counties of Okeechobee,
Martin, St. Lucie, as well as Palm Beach. Other scattered fires in the
region between Lake Okeechobee and Tampa were responsible for relatively
small localized smoke plumes which were generally moving in a northward
direction. Farther to the north, scattered fires across the panhandle and
northern Florida were also emitting relatively small  northward moving
smoke plumes with the exception of somewhat more dense smoke plumes
associated with fires over Columbia County as well as near the border
of Leon and Wakulla Counties. Smoke from the fire near the Leon-Wakulla
County border, just south of Tallahassee, was moving in the general
direction of Tallahassee during the late afternoon.

Strong northwesterly winds were fanning a few fires detected across
portions of the central and southern Plains. Very long smoke plumes were
observed spreading southeastward from fires located over northwestern
Harvey County in south central Kansas and Stephens County of south central
Oklahoma. The smoke plume from the Harvey County, KS fire extended all
the way into north central Oklahoma which is at least 150 miles to the
southeast of its source.

Strong northerly winds over south central Colorado were kicking up a
rather small but locally dense cloud of blowing dust/sand from a source
region in the vicinity of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and
Preserve in Saguache County. The dust/sand cloud had extended into north
central New Mexico just prior to sunset.

A significant fire near the Gila-Coconino County border region in the
Tonto National Bridge State Park of central Arizona was emitting a large
moderately dense batch of smoke which spread southeastward across a good
portion of Gila County.

Several fires in Coos County of southwestern Oregon were responsible for
an area of moderately dense smoke which moved in a northerly direction.



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.