Thursday, April 13, 2006

THROUGH 0200Z APRIL 14, 2006.

Moderately dense to locally dense smoke was fanning out as it spread
northeastward over central to northeastern Utah from a fire in the
Fishlake National Forest in eastern Millard County of central Utah.

New Mexico/Colorado/Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas:
A very large fire in or close to the Sangre De Cristo Range in western
Mora County of north central New Mexico which has been burning intensely
since yesterday, was responsible for a very large area of smoke which
covered the region stretching from NE New Mexico/SW Colorado across
the western Oklahoma and northern Texas panhandle region all the way
to southeastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma. The smoke was relatively
thin in the eastern portion of the area but became much more dense in
the area around NE New Mexico and SW Colorado.

Central US:
Smoke still present from yesterday's incredible number of fires especially
over northern Oklahoma/eastern Kansas/southeastern Nebraska and from
more activity across the same general region was responsible for the
enormous area of smoke which covered a very large portion of the central
of the country including the eastern portions of Kansas and Nebraska,
much of Iowa and Missouri, as well as portions of Minnesota, Illinois,
western Kentucky and western Tennessee, and northern Arkansas. Within
this region this evening, the biggest smoke producing fires were across
eastern Kansas, and near the southeastern Kansas/northeastern Oklahoma
border as well as northern Arkansas. The smoke plumes were generally
moving off to the north and northeast. The smoke plumes from the fires
over Pope County and near the Crawford-Franklin County border region
of northern Arkansas appeared very dense on satellite imagery as they
moved northeastward fanning out into southern Missouri.

Moderately dense to locally dense northward moving smoke plumes were
observed from fires over Trinity, Houston, and Tyler Counties of eastern
Texas as well as De Soto Parish of far western Louisiana. The smoke from
the De Soto Parish fire traveled northward toward the western portion
of the Shreveport metro area.

Southeastern US:
Scattered fires with relatively small smoke plumes were detected across
the Southeastern US this afternoon and evening. Smoke from several fires
across far eastern Georgia and southern South Carolina interacted with
changing winds along the sea breeze boundary to create an erratic moving
area of smoke across the region.



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.