Smoke in Lawrence and Morgan Counties from a Controlled Burn

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the smoke covering Lawrence and Morgan Counties this afternoon; it’s a controlled burn in the Bankhead National Forest. The plume of smoke can be seen from about 23,000 miles away using GOES visible satellite imagery:

Smoke plume circled moving with the southwest wind (indicated by the yellow arrows)

Smoke plume circled moving with the southwest wind (indicated by the yellow arrows)

The word “ridiculous” has been used by Zach Pearce (@northalwx) one of our former interns who lives in Hartselle. Here are some of his photos:

We captured a controlled burn smoke plume on ARMOR earlier this week; a burn-off on Redstone Arsenal sent up a plume of smoke that a west-northwest wind carried across Morgan and Marshall Counties:

Smoke detected by ARMOR on March 13

Smoke detected by ARMOR on March 13

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