Monday, March 6, 2006

THROUGH 0245Z MARCH 7, 2006

Numerous agricultural fires over central Florida just north of Lake
Okeechobee were seen producing smokes plumes from the vicinity of Manatee
county east-northeast to the Melbourne area.  Some of the more noteworthy
smoke plume producing fires were located over Cape Canaveral, southern St
Lucie and eastern Highlands county.  Plumes with these individual fires
were extending east approximately 25-50 miles from their respective fires.

Georgia/South Carolina:
A large number of fires was noted especially over southeastern Georgia
and to a lesser extent over South Carolina.  The most significant smoke
plume with the activity over the region was associated with a fire near
Minneta in Jasper county, Georgia.  The relatively thin smoke plume
extended nearly 100 miles to the east/southeast into portions of Burke
county, Georgia.  Other notable smoke plumes were drifting eastward from
fires over Charlton county, Georgia and Newberry county, South Carolina.

Widespread agricultural fires were noted over the entire region.
The significant smoke plumes are listed below:

- Several fires were noted along the coastal Mississippi counties of
Hancock/Harrison/Jackson with smoke plumes extending 50-100 miles into
the Gulf of Mexico.

- Fires over northern and southern Natchitoches in Louisiana were
producing moderately dense smoke plumes that appeared close to merging
at sunset into a larger area of smoke from northern Natchitoches into
northern Vernon and Rapides parishes in Louisiana.

-  One of the more notable smoke plumes over Arkansas was associated
with a fire over Montgomery county.  The smoke plume was seen expanding
rapidly southeastward into Pike and Clark counties before becoming
obscured by high clouds earlier this afternoon.  A second smoke plume
was seen moving southeast from the fire near Sulphur Springs.  The plume
was nearly 30 miles long and fanned out to nearly 20 miles wide at it's
southeastern extent.



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.