Forest Fires and Prescribed Burning in Southern United States: 21 January 1999

Forest Fires and Prescribed Burning in the Southern United States

21 January 1999

Several active fire signals and smoke plumes are recorded by OSEI with the NOAA AVHRR Sensor on 20 January 1999.

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Fig.1 & 2. NOAA image of the vegetation fires in the Southern United States and in Florida 20 January 1999
(Source: NOAA

See also remarks at the end of this daily update: The fire signatures in the Southeast represent mainly prescribed burning operations.


Minimal fire activity occurred nationally. A type I helicopter was mobilized to Southern California last weekend.

Southern California will have gusty 25 mph (40km/h) winds in the passes and canyons today, otherwise it will be fair through Sunday. There is a chance of showers Monday through Wednesday. Clear skies will return Thursday with possible gusty winds in the passes and canyons. High temperatures will range from the 60’s (15°C) to low 70’s (21°C) through Monday, dropping to the 50’s (10°C) and 60’s (15°C) the remainder of the week.

Florida will have scattered showers and thunderstorms today. Saturday through Thursday will be mostly sunny. High temperatures will be in the 70’s (21°C).

The Southwest will be fair with 15-25 mph (24-40km/h) winds in the northern portion of the area through the weekend. Showers are possible Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures will range from the 50’s (10°C) in the mountains to the 70’s (21°C) in the deserts.

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

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.

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