Forest Fires and Prescribed Burning in Southern United States: 31 December 1998

Forest Wildfires and Prescribed Burning in the Southern United States

31 December 1998

Several active fire signals and smoke plumes are recorded by OSEI with the NOAA AVHRR Sensor on 30 December 1998.

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Fig.1. NOAA image of the vegetation fires in Florida 30 December 1998
(Source: NOAA )

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


Minor fire activity occurred last week in the Southern Area.

Southern California’s weather will be cool and dry. High temperatures will be in the 30s (-1°C) and 40s (4°C) in the mountains and 40s (4°C) to 50s (10°C) in the valleys, with some 60s (15°C) along the coast.

Florida’s high pressure will give way to a cold front on Friday bringing scattered rain showers across the state through Saturday. Dry weather will return on Sunday followed by another cold front with scattered showers by Tuesday. High temperatures will range from the 60s (15°C) in the north to the 80s (26°C) in the south.

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 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.

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