Forest Fires and Prescribed Burning in the Southern United States
11 January 1999
Several active fire signals and smoke plumes are recorded by OSEI with the NOAA AVHRR Sensor on 8 January 1999.
Fig.1. NOAA image of the vegetation fires in Florida 8 January 1999
(Source: NOAA http://www.osei.noaa.gov/)
See also remarks 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 (8 January 1999) http://www.nifc.gov/news/sitreprt.html
No significant activity or resource mobilization was reported.
A RED FLAG WARNING IS POSTED FOR SANTA ANA WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND PASSES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
Santa Ana winds are forecast for Southern California Friday and Saturday. Conditions will remain sunny except for patchy low clouds and fog along the coast. High temperatures will be generally in the 60s (15°C) and 70s (21°C) except in the lower 80s (26°C) along coastal sections on Saturday.
Florida will be partly cloudy and windy at times. There is a chance of showers over the weekend. Temperatures will be in the 70s (21°C).
The Southwest will be sunny, mild and windy. Dry conditions will prevail the remainder of the week. High temperatures will range from the 50s (10°C) to 60s (15°C) except in the desert where they will be in the 70s (21°C).
Remarks on Prescribed Burning:
The high-temperature events depicted by the NOAA AVHRR satellite in the Southeast are not all wildfires. At this time of the year prescribed burning operations are conducted routinely. A set of photographic documents on prescribed burning techniques and objectives can be visited in our photo archive. For more information on the extent of prescribed burning in the U.S.A. please visit the last issue of International Forest Fire News.