Exactrack|HD catches LaSalle County fire

This afternoon, an odd “stream” of radar returns showed up on Exactrack|HD. At first glance, it appeared to be a line of showers. However, anybody looking outside at the lack of clouds, could’ve said that’s not possible. After putting the radar in a one-hour loop, you could see the “stream” moving north-northeast. Because the wind was from the south-southwest, it was pretty easy to determine it was a smoke plume…a plume that was more than 50 miles long for a time, stretching through DeKalb County to Huntley. (Click image to enlarge.)

I chatted with the National Weather Service in Chicago, who confirmed that there were multiple reports on Facebook of a fire in the area. The NewsTribune reports that the fire grew to 100 acres this afternoon, possibly started by a cigarette or a (un)controlled burn.

In the article, they say the fire is in the process of being contained. In jeopardy are a set of high-tension power lines and a fiber optic line. -Eric 



Posted under weather geek, wildfires

This post was written by qni_it on September 11, 2012

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