Tuesday, April 18, 2006

THROUGH 0215Z APRIL 19, 2006.

Central Plains (KS/MO/OK/AR):
Fire activity over the region appears to be less than in previous days
but still a significant amount of smoke was detected on satellite imagery
this evening.  The most well defined area of smoke was being produced by
the concentrated area of fire activity over the eastern third of Kansas.
Numerous fires were producing smoke plumes that have  congealed into
a composite smoke plume that was seen drifting southeast at sunset.
The smoke plume covered most of eastern Kansas south of Shawnee and
Wabaunsee counties and extended southeast towards extreme west central
Missouri (vicinity of Vernon county) and also extreme northeast Oklahoma.

Several fires over the Atoka/Coal/Pontotoc county area of Oklahoma were
producing narrow but moderately dense smoke plumes that were lifting
northeast with the leading edge as far northeast as Crawford county,

Several fires along an axis from Vermillion parish to Tyler county were
producing moderately dense smoke plumes that were lifting northeast into
areas of central Louisiana and extreme eastern Texas.

Numerous fires were noted this evening just south of the Snake River
in the counties of Walla Walla/Columbia/ Garfield.  Satellite imagery
suggests a small area of smoke associated with this activity was from
the vicinity of Hadley/Thiel in Walla Walla and extending east/northeast
to near Chambers in southern Whitman county.



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.