Saturday, February 25, 2006

THROUGH 0245Z February 26, 2006

Florida Keys:
Numerous fires over central Cuba were producing a composite smoke plume
that extended north into the Florida Straits.  The most impressive
smoke plume was coming from a fire east of Cardenas and extended north
to about 20 miles off the coast of Marathon.

A fire near Wilson Lake in eastern Russell county was producing a 10 mile
wide smoke plume that extended 70 miles southwest into far southwestern
Rush county.

A fire over southern Delta county just south of the city of Delta was
producing a smoke plume that fanned out 25 miles northeast into far
northeastern Gunnison county and also 15 miles to the southwest where
the smoke banked up over the northeast slopes of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Numerous smokes plumes were noted with the fire activity in the Sacramento
Valley counties of Glenn/Colusa/Butte/Sutter with the most noticeable
plume from central Sutter county north to western Butte county.

A fire in far northeast Contra Costa had a very small smoke plume
extending east into San Joaquin county.

The largest of the California smoke plumes was associated with a fire
near Hunter-Liggett in Monterey county.  The plume extended nearly
50 miles north to the vicinity of Watsonville.  The plume fanned out
considerably at it's northern extent and was nearly 25 miles wide from
eastern Monterey Bay towards the Watsonville area.



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.