Thursday, March 16, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z MARCH 17, 2006

North Carolina:
Moderately dense smoke from a fire located near the Chatham-Wake-Harnett
County border spread northeastward across Wake County and portions of
the Raleigh-Durham metro area.

A rather significant fire over eastern Sullivan County of far northeastern
Tennessee produced a locally dense smoke plume which spread northeastward
into southwestern Virginia. A bit farther to the south over Monroe County
of far southeastern Tennessee, another fire was emitting a northeastward
moving smoke plume. A large fire along the Trigg-Steward County border
near the TN/KY border was responsible for a locally dense area of smoke
which moved northeastward into west central Kentucky.

Several fires scattered across northeastern Alabama and northern and
central Georgia were emitting moderately dense smoke plumes which were
also spreading off to the northeast.

The most significant smoke producing fires in the US this afternoon were
scattered across Arkansas. The biggest fire over western Montgomery of
western Arkansas was producing a large and locally dense batch of smoke
which had moved east-southeastward and combined with other areas of smoke
to form a swath of smoke that covered a portion of south central Arkansas.

Moderately dense smoke was fanning out to the south from a fire located
over southwestern Delta County of northeastsern Texas.



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.