DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0130Z APRIL 25, 2006.
Mexico/Guatemala/Gulf of Mexico/Texas/Louisiana: Numerous fires burning across the Yucatan, the eastern/coastal Mexican states and north Guatemala are producing a large area of moderately dense smoke with thinner smoke across parts of the central Gulf of Mexico. The smoke extends across most of western/central Gulf of Mexico from the Mexican coast to near 87W. Smoke is beginning to spread into parts of southeast/coastal Texas, but has not reached the Louisiana coast as of yet. Fires producing this large area of smoke are burning in the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas, Veracruz and north Guatemala. Mentioned last night, large fires are burning near Cancun producing very thick smoke plumes extending 50-100 km from point source. Cloud cover and haze has made it difficult to determine the full extent of smoke. Fires burning in the western states of Mexico including Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Oaxaca are producing an area of moderately dense smoke. Smoke is mixing in with haze and moving west off the coast into the Pacific. Baja California-Mexico/Arizona: A fire in northern Baja California has been burning for nearly 2 days and is giving off a thick smoke plume heading east crossing into southeast Arizona. New Mexico: A fire located in Catron county is producing a moderately dense smoke plume that is moving directly east, reaching the county limits. Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi: Fires in western Texas are giving off thin smoke plumes that are affecting the counties of Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Shelby, and Cherokee. Two fires located in Vernon county, Louisiana have been burning throughout the day. The fires are giving off very dense smoke plumes that are moving north into the counties of Natchitoches, Winn, and Grant. A single fire in Lauderdale county, Mississippi is emitting a thin smoke plume that is heading north into Wayne county. Georgia: In Baker county there is a small fire giving off a light smoke plume heading northeast through Dougherty, Lee, and Worth counties. There is also a fire burning in Richmond county that is emitting a narrow smoke plume moving east across the border of South Carolina into Aiken county. Oregon: Along the Pacific coast in Lane county a fire producing a moderately dense smoke plume moving directly eastward. Also there is a small fire burning in Deschutes county that is emitting a very thin smoke plume moving west. Banks/Kibler