Friday, August 12, 2005

THRU 0100Z August 13, 2005

Northwest US:
Fires across the Pacific Northwest and Inter-Mountain West are producing
an area of moderate smoke moving southward along the Idaho/Oregon border
to near Ontario and Payetta.  The smoke has thinned out across most of
central Idaho and is getting more difficult to see due to clouds moving
into the region.  Smoke can no longer be seen in 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 and southward to near
Smith River in extreme northwestern California.  The lighter smoke still
extends southward along the California coast to  near Point Reyes and
just off the coast to Point Conception.

Alaska and northwest Canada:
The numerous fires in Alaska are continuing to produce a large area
of dense smoke from Kotzebue and Norton Sounds southward to the
Taylor Mountains and eastward across Alaska Ranges/Fairbanks and the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and then into northern/central Yukon
Territory. It becomes less dense as it moves southeastward across
the Selwyn Mountains and Great Slave Lake and into northern Alberta.
The smoke further thins out as it moves southward across British
Columbia and into Washington State and is becoming quite hard to see
across central Alberta.



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.