Wednesday, October 11, 2006

THROUGH 0230Z October 12, 2006

Moderately dense to locally dense smoke was observed spreading eastward
from a fire located near the Madison-Taylor County border region of
northern Florida this afternoon. Satellite imagery indicated the fire
was still burning late this evening.

Arkansas/Western Tennessee/Louisiana/Western Mississippi:
An extremely large number of what are believed to be primarily
agricultural fires were detected this afternoon across southeastern
Missouri, eastern Arkansas, western Mississippi, and northeastern
Louisiana. Relatively small quick puffs of smoke were noted with some of
these fires with the smoke moving generally in an eastward direction. A
couple of more significant fires were noted in Grant and Dallas Counties
of central and south central Arkansas which were producing moderately
dense eastward moving smoke plumes. Also, a fire over the extreme southern
Louisiana Parish of Vermillion was emitting a dense smoke plume which
was moving southeastward over the Gulf of Mexico.

At least 3 significant smoke producing fires were detected across Arizona
this afternoon. One was located in Mohave County of far northwestern
Arizona which was responsible for a moderately dense to locally dense
smoke plume which was moving mainly in an eastward direction. Other fires
in Yavapai and Coconino Counties of central Arizona were also producing
moderately dense to locally dense smoke plumes that were moving more to
the east-northeast.

A rather large fire in Tulare County of south central California was
emitting a narrow but locally dense smoke plume which traveled in a
north-northwest direction. Areas of relatively thin smoke were noted
moving southward through the Sacramento Valley, likely from agricultural
burns. Over northern California, once again locally dense smoke within a
large mass of at least moderately dense smoke was observed moving westward
from the persistent fires in Siskiyou and Trinity Counties. At least 2
more fires in Lassen County of northeastern California were producing
smaller but still locally dense smoke plumes which were moving mainly
in a westerly direction.

Washington/Oregon/Idaho/Western Montana:
Quite a few smoke plumes, some moderately dense to locally dense,
were detected scattered across Oregon, central and eastern Washington,
northern Idaho, and western Montana. The greatest concentration of smoke
producing fires within this large area were over southeastern Washington,
the Idaho Panhandle, and extreme western Montana.



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.