Forest Wildfires and Prescribed Burning in the Southern United States
7 January 1999
Several active fire signals and smoke plumes are recorded by OSEI with the NOAA AVHRR Sensor on 6 January 1999.
Fig.1. NOAA image of the vegetation fires in Florida 6 January 1999
(Source: NOAA http://www.osei.noaa.gov/)
See footnote at the end of this daily update: The fire signatures in the Southeast represent mainly prescribed burning operations.
LAST NATIONAL INTERAGENCY COORDINATION CENTER SITUATION REPORT (31 December 1998) http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.html
Florida will be warm and dry through Friday (1 January 1999). Southwest winds will increase ahead of a cold front on Friday and Saturday. The cold front will bring an increased chance of showers, primarily to the northern part of the state, on Saturday and Sunday. Breezy northwest winds will occur Sunday through Monday as the front moves out of the state. Dry conditions will prevail the remainder of the week. High temperatures will range from the 60s (15°C) in the north to lower 80s (27°C) in the south through Saturday (2 January 1999). By Monday, temperatures will cool to the 50s (10°C) in the north and lower 70s (21°C) in the south. Temperatures will increase slightly late in the week.
Some remarks to the NOAA AVHRR satellite imagery: The high-temperature events depicted by satellite in the Southeast must not necessarily be wildfires. At this time of the year prescribed burning operations are conducted routinely. For more information on the extent of prescribed burning in the U.S.A. please visit the last issue of International Forest Fire News.