Friday, July 08, 2005

THRU 0200Z JULY 08, 2005

Several large fires across central Alaska are producing growing smoke
plumes which have been spreading eastward during the late afternoon
and evening.

A cluster of large wildfires stretching across north central Saskatchewan
Province and far western Manitoba Province of western Canada are
producing a very significant area of smoke which is moving quickly
eastward from Saskatchewan into Manitoba Province. These fires are also
likely responsible for a very large detached area of smoke seen in early
morning GOES-10 and late afternoon GOES-12 visible imagery across region
extending from central Quebec Province to Labrador and Newfoundland.

Central Plains:
A concentrated cluster of mostly agricultural burns located over central
Kansas was responsible for a combination of smoke and haze extending from
the fires northward into eastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota.

Smoke from several very large fires over northern Baja California was seen
moving northeastward into far southeastern California and southwestern
Arizona. The large fire over Lincoln County of southeastern Nevada was
producing a huge mass of smoke covering a portion of eastern Nevada
and western Utah. Other significant fires with associated smoke plumes
were noted across western and northern New Mexico, northern Arizona,
and the western quarter of Colorado. The large area of smoke analyzed
across a good chunk of Arizona and western New Mexico during the morning
is likely due primarily to the fires over northern Baja.

Northern Mexico:
Smoke plumes from 2 large fires in the northern Mexican states of Coahuila
and Nuevo Leon can be seen moving north-northwestward. The plume from
the fire in Coahuila is currently spreading across the Rio Grande River
in the vicinity of Del Rio, Texas.



Unless otherwise indicated:
  • Areas of smoke are analyzed using GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST Visible satellite imagery.
  • Only a general description of areas of smoke or significant smoke plumes will be analyzed.
  • A quantitative assessment of the density/amount of particulate or the vertical distribution is not included.
  • Widespread cloudiness may prevent the detection of smoke even from significant fires.