Thursday, October 12, 2006

THROUGH 0230Z October 13, 2006

Southeastern US:
Fires were widely scattered across the southeastern states with some
relatively thin to locally moderately dense smoke plumes visible moving
mainly in an eastward direction especially with fires located in far
eastern Alabama, across Georgia, and also over far eastern North
Carolina. Cloudiness covered a portion of the Southeast hindering
smoke detection. The most significant smoke plume in the region was
a moderately dense to locally dense narrow plume which moved in a
southeastward direction over the Gulf of Mexico from a fire located in
Baldwin County of far southwestern Alabama.

Fires which were also visible yesterday continued to burn in Yavapai and
Coconino Counties of central Arizona. The fire in southern Coconino was
by far responsible for the most significant smoke with moderately dense to
even localized dense smoke moving primarily in a northeastward direction,
but also fanning out to the south as well late in the afternoon.

A large mass of moderately dense to very dense continues to be emitted
by the fires in Trinity and Siskiyou Counties of northern California
which was moving in a westward direction and out over the Pacific. Much
thinner areas of smoke were visible moving west from fires in Lasssen and
Modoc Counties of northeastern California as well as from a fire located
north of Lake Tahoe near the California-Nevada border. Numerous small
fires in the Sacramento Valley including the counties of Butte, Sutter,
Colusa, and Glenn were producing rather short duration relatively small
puffs of smoke which moved quickly southward toward Sacramento.

Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Western Montana:
Many fires were detected scattered around this region this afternoon
with more than 40 smoke plumes or areas of smoke observed in visible
satellite imagery due to the nearly cloudless skies.



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.