Monday, February 27, 2006

THROUGH 0230Z February 28, 2006


A large fire was detected near the State Wildlife Refuge of Vermilion
Parish this evening and earlier visible imagery indicated an extensive
smoke plume moving northeast towards southwestern Mississippi.
The moderately dense smoke plume extended nearly 85 miles into Pointe
Coupee parish and was nearly 25 miles wide.


A fire east of Woodward in Woodward county was producing a smoke plume
that extended nearly 50 miles east into portions of western Major and
southern Woods counties.  The plume was moderately dense and fanned out
to nearly 40 miles wide at its farthest eastern extent over Major and
Woods counties.


A fire over eastern Kleberg county about 25 miles south of Corpus Christi
earlier this afternoon produced a smoke plume that went convective
and rapidly drifted off to the northeast into southern Refugio county.
The last visible images of the day indicated another puff of smoke from
the same origin over eastern Kleberg county while drifting north towards
Corpus Christi Bay.


Fire activity over the counties of Mobile/Baldwin/Escambia were producing
numerous smoke plumes over the area.  The largest plume was associated
with a fire west of Mobile.  The smoke plume was seen lifting northeast
into southern Washington and northern Baldwin county.  At it's leading
edge the plume had fanned out to nearly 30 miles wide.


Widespread fire activity over the entire state of Florida was producing
numerous plumes with most appearing to dissipate around sunset.



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.