Saturday, December 16, 2006

THROUGH 2345Z December 16, 2006

Numerous fires were located over Georgia this afternoon and evening, with
the only significant area of smoke noted on satellite imagery emanating
from a fire near Eelbeck in northern Chattahoochee county.  The narrow
but moderately dense smoke plume was lifting generally northward and
at sunset was seen extending nearly 80 miles to the north into south
central Carroll county.

Widespread fires were located along the south banks of the Mississippi
River this evening from Iberia parish east to southern St. Charles parish.
Many of these fires were emitting smoke plumes that were mostly thin
with isolated areas of moderate density that were lifting northwest.

A fire over central Vernon parish in the vicinity of Fort Polk was
exhibiting a smoke plume that was lifting rapidly northeast towards
sunset.  At that time the low density smoke plume extended over 100
miles from it's point source into southern Ouachita parish.

Widespread cloud cover over the entire state was severely hampering
smoke analysis this evening but satellite imagery was suggesting a smoke
plume lifting rapidly northeast from a fire near Hacienda Los Encino in
northern Santa Cruz county.

Two fires located along the northeast shore of the Gulf of California
were emitting low density smoke plumes that were lifting rapidly northeast
and were approaching southern Yuma county at sunset.



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.