Severe weather in the second week of April 2009 fanned wildfires in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. This image of the area was captured on 9 April 2009, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite. Places where the sensor detected active fires are outlined in red. A line of fires stretched across the plains west of Dallas-Forth Worth, and strong winds were driving smoke plumes from the fires toward the cities. Several people died, and hundreds of homes were destroyed according to the Texas Forest Service.
Dense smoke from wildfires in north central Texas, southern and central Oklahoma combined with blowing dust from the region began to curve northeastward across north and central Texas and Oklahoma as seen in this NOAA-15 satellite image taken at 2227 UTC on 9 April 2009.
IMAGE D6140: NOAA-15 <> Image Type=combine <> 4/9/2009 22:27:32 UTC.
The current situation in the USA is covered by a number of detailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):