Forest Fires in Southern United States: 14 December 1998

Forest Fires in Southern United States

14 December 1998

Several active fire signals and smoke plumes are recorded by OSEI with the NOAA AVHRR Sensor on 11 December 1998.

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Fig.1. NOAA image of the vegetation fires in the southeastern USA 11 December 1998
(Source: NOAA

See footnote at the end of this daily update: fire signatures in the Southeast must be interpreted carefully!


Cooler temperatures, higher humidities and generally cloudy skies over the Southern Area have moderated fire activity.

Virginia and North Carolina will be dry, except for a chance of showers Saturday and Sunday. Breezy northwest winds are expected on Sunday. High temperatures will range from 50 to 60 degrees (10°C-15°C).

Southern California will be dry and locally breezy with gusty northwest winds on Monday. Santa Ana winds are possible Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures will range from the 40’s (4°C) in the mountains to the lower 70’s (21°C) in the valleys.

An excellent Wildfire Season Forecast for Florida can be seen under this link: 1998-1999 Florida Wildfire Season Forecast

Some remarks to the NOAA AVHRR satellite imagery: The “hotspots” detected in the Southeast must not necessarily be wildfires. At this time of the years prescribed burning activities are picking up. For more information on the extent of prescribed burning in the U.S.A. please visit the last issue of International Forest Fire News.

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