Wildfire forces closure of Interstate 95 in Florida

February 28th, 2011 |

 

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible images (click image to play animation)

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible images (click image to play animation)

McIDAS images of GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel data (above; click image to play animation) showed the large smoke plume from a wildfire that forced the closure of Interstate 95 in eastern Florida on 28 February 2011. A MODIS true color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) image from the SSEC MODIS Today site (below; viewed using Google Earth) offered a closer view of the growing smoke plume at 19:14 UTC. The fire burned several structures and forced evacuations of parts of Scottsmoor, Florida.

MODIS true color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) image (viewed using Google Earth)

MODIS true color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) image (viewed using Google Earth)

A sequence of AWIPS images of 1-km resolution POES AVHRR and MODIS 3.7 µm shortwave IR data (below) revealed the very large “hot spot” (black to red to yellow pixels) associated with the wildfire as it jumped eastward across Interstate 95 after about 23:00 UTC (4 pm local time).

 

POES AVHRR 3.7 µm and MODIS 3.7 µm shortwave IR images

POES AVHRR 3.7 µm and MODIS 3.7 µm shortwave IR images

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