Friday, June 03, 2011

Wildfires Burning In Southeast Arizona

At least three wildfires are burning in southeast Arizona that are large enough to produce smoke plumes that can be seen on visible satellite imagery. The Bear Wallow fire (top two photos) is burning in the White Mountains south of Alpine. It had a blowup yesterday and is nearing a 100,000 acres, as three small towns in its path are being evacuated. Other fires are buring in the Chiricahua National Monument and near Patagonia. The plumes from these fires are indicated in the visible satellite image from 0100 UTC 3 june 2011. Some cloudiness is mixied in, but the smoke plumes can still be seen. The plume from the Bear Wallow fire extends north-northeastward to edge of image, across New Mexico and Colorado.

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