Monday, March 13, 2006

THROUGH 0200Z MARCH 14, 2006

The two very large and destructive fires burning in the Texas Panhandle
continue to be seen in GOES-12 imagery with moderately dense smoke heading
towards the south southeast.  The fires are currently burning in the
counties of Roberts, Hemphill, Gray, Wheeler, Collingsworth and Donley.
The smoke is stretching nearly 350 km long across the counties of Hall,
Childress, Hardeman, Cottle, Foard, Knox, Hashell, Baylor, Throckmorton,
Young, Archer, Shackelford and Stephens counties in Texas.  In Oklahoma
the counties of Harmon, Greer, Beckham and Jackson are also seeing
moderately dense smoke moving through their region.  A pretty large fire
in the counties of Childress and Cottle is producing moderately dense
smoke that is adding to the overall smoke coverage across north Texas.
An area of moderately dense smoke about 225 km long and 75 km wide just
south of Dallas-Fort Worth and northwest of Houston and spreading over
the Waco metro area is most likely attributed to the two very large fires
burning in the Texas Panhandle.  The counties where smoke can be seen
in satellite imagery include the following; Bosque, Coryell, McLennan,
Bell, Falls, Robertson, Milam, Williamson, Burleson, Lee and Brazos.
A fire in northeast Texas in the county of Delta is emitting a thin line
of smoke that stretches across the counties of Wood, Franklin, Hopkins,
Upshur and Camp.

Two fires burning just south of Monterey, Mexico, one in the state of
Coahuila (just north of Saltillo) and the other in Nuevo Leon are both
producing areas of thick smoke moving northeast.  The fire in Coahuila is
producing the largest plume (around 385 km long) with smoke moving into
the counties of Starr, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Hidalgo, Kenedy and Willacy in
south Texas and nearing the Gulf of Mexico.

J Kibler


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.