Friday, August 12, 2005

THRU 1500Z August 12, 2005

The School fire in southeast Washington state and numerous fire across
eastern Oregon and central Idaho is causing a moderate area of smoke
through the Umatilla National Forest and Hells Canyon National Recreation
Area.  The smoke then stretches through central Idaho from Clearwater
National Forest southward to the Snake River Plains.  The smoke begin
to thin out as it moves into and across western Montana.

Southwest Oregon/California/Pacific Ocean:
The Blossom Complex fire in Southwest Oregon is producing a dense area
of smoke throughout the Siskiyou National Forecast, but begins to
thin out when reaching the California border and the Pacific coast.
The smoke extends southward along the California coast to about the
Santa Lucia Ranges.

Alaska and northwest Canada:
The numerous fires in Alaska and Yukon Territory are producing a
large area of thick smoke throughout the region. The most dense smoke
is between the Taylor Mountains/Alaska Ranges and Brooks Ranges and
stretches eastward into the central/southern half of the Yukon and
Northwest Territories to near Great Slave Lake. The smoke thins out
as it moves southward across British Columbia to near the Washington
State border and across most of northern/central Alberta to near Jasper
National Park and Edmonton.

Eastern Montana/North Dakota/South Dakota
A thin area of smoke most likely from the numerous fires in Idaho
and Montana is moving eastward across the Northern Plains.  The smoke
extends from most of eastern Montana through western North Dakota to
near Sakakawea Lake and southward to Lake Oahe and interstate 90 in
South Dakota.



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.