DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1800Z November 8, 2018.
SMOKE: Western Sacramento Valley... A major wildfire has erupted in northern California between Chico and Oroville. The wildfire originated up the Sierras from between these two cities and has moved downslope throughout the morning. The smoke from this fire has been moving mainly toward the west-southwest, with a portion moving south as well. The leading edge of the wildfire is also moving toward the west-southwest, albeit not quite as fast as earlier this morning. Southwestern San Joaquin Valley... In addition to the larger and more intense wildfire further north, a smaller and longer-lived fire is ongoing in Sequoia National Park west of Visalia in Tulare County. The thick smoke from this fire was observed moving west-northwestward and then northward along the western edge of the southern Sierras. South Florida... Agricultural burning was observed across the areas just south of Lake Okeechobee. The smoke from these fires was light in nature and dissipating somewhat quickly. More smoke may be present than is analyzed due to cloud contamination obscuring analysis. Hosley THIS TEXT PRODUCT IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO DESCRIBE SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF SMOKE ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVE FIRES AND SMOKE WHICH HAS BECOME DETACHED FROM THE FIRES AND DRIFTED SOME DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE SOURCE FIRE. TYPICALLY OVER THE COURSE OF ONE OR MORE DAYS. AREAS OF BLOWING DUST ARE ALSO DESCRIBED. USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VIEW A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF THESE AND OTHER PLUMES WHICH ARE LESS EXTENSIVE AND STILL ATTACHED TO THE SOURCE FIRE IN VARIOUS GRAPHIC FORMATS ON OUR WEB SITE: JPEG: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/currenthms.jpg GIS: ftp://satpsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/FIRE/HMS/GIS/ KML: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/fire.kml (fire) http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/smoke.kml (smoke) ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE SENT TO: SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov