This is a loop of visible satellite imagery from Thursday, April 1, 2010. If you watch while the image loops. you can pick out the white plumes of smoke around central Alabama, east central Mississippi and west central Georgia. These plumes of smoke are from prescribed burns conducted by the Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia Forestry Commissions. A prescribed burn is a controlled application of fire to naturally occurring vegetative fuels for ecological, silvicultural, agricultural and wildlife management purposes, under specified environmental conditions. Periodically, these Forestry Commissions will conduct these prescribed burns as a land management tool which benefits the safety of the public, the environment, the natural resources, and the economy of their respective states.
If you're having a tough time picking them out, concentrate on northern Bibb and southern Talladega Counties. How many others can you pick out?
For more information on prescribed burns or the role of the Alabama Forestry Commission, click here.