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Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog: Historic fire captured on radar

The smoke plume, from one of the biggest fires in the Indianapolis metro area in decades, was detected by satellite and radar Wednesday.

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — By now, you've probably seen pictures and videos of the largest fire I recall since moving to Indianapolis back in 2000. The remnant plume of the massive fire at the Walmart Distribution Center near Avon could be seen for many miles away.

Its presentation on the radar is one of the more impressive fire signatures you'll see. The plume rose to some 10,000 feet before hitting a stable layer in the atmosphere and then fanning out north-northeastward.

Southerly wind at the surface and south-southwesterly wind between 5,000-10,000 feet pushed remnant smoke as far north as Grant and Blackford counties, and at one time, the plume darkened the sky over much of Hamilton County.

Three-dimensional radar presentation compared to ground pictures show the depth and dispersion of the plume. Thankfully, no one was injured, but many people will be without jobs in the near future while the company rebuilds.

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