DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THRU 2330Z August 14, 2005
Alaska, western and south central Canada and northwestern and northcentral continental U.S.: A huge contiguous area of moderate to thick smoke extends from Alaska, through the western and southern Yukon Territory, into northern British Columbia, central and southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba and then into eastern Washington state, northern Idaho, and Montana and North Dakota. The southern edge of the smoke particularly in Montana and North Dakota continues to move toward the south and east and is therefore approaching South Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The smoke primarily originates in the extremely numerous and large Alaskan fires, but fires in and near Idaho are also contributing to the smoke over Idaho, Washington and Montana. Southwest Oregon: The Blossom Complex fire is still producing a plume that extends toward the southwest, reaching the coast. Due to clouds the plume cannot be seen by satellite over the Pacific.