Tuesday, December 19, 2006

THROUGH 0015Z December 20, 2006

Southeast US (North Carolina to Louisiana):
A large number of what are believed to be mostly agricultural fires were
located over the Southeast this evening from southern North Carolina to
Alabama and to a lesser extent over Mississippi and Louisiana.  A great
number of these fires were producing low density with localized areas of
moderate density smoke plumes that were mostly drifting anywhere between
southeast and southwest.  Some of the more noteworthy plumes in the area
were the following:

	-  A fire located near Jeffersonville in extreme eastern Twiggs
	county was featuring a moderate density smoke plume that was
	drifting southeast towards southern Laurens county.
	-  A fire in southwest Talbot county near Box Springs was
	emitting      a moderate density smoke plume that extended
	southeast into		   western Sumter county.

	-  A fire over southeastern Wakulla county near Plum Orchard
	rapidly developed an intensified this evening and featured a
	moderate density smoke plume that was drifting southwest along
	coastal Franklin county.
	-  A fire over Lafayette county near San Pedro Junction appeared
	to rapidly intensify this evening and subsequently emitted a high
	density smoke plume that extended southwest over southern Taylor
	county and into the northeast Gulf of Mexico.

Several fires developed over the central Sacramento Valley and nearby
central Sierras this afternoon and evening.  Only two fires appeared to
exhibit smoke plumes on satellite imagery with those being located over
central Placer county and central Merced county.  Both of these smoke
plumes were rather low density.



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.