Monday, August 15, 2005

THRU 0100Z August 15, 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
Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and southwestern Canada. The
Alaskan fires are currently producing smoke that is moving toward the
west and the smoke over Alaska is very dense.  Most of the smoke in
Canada is a remnant from previous days' Alaskan fires so the Canadian
smoke is much less dense than the smoke currently over Alaska. Probably
due to the contribution from the fires in and near Idaho, the smoke again
becomes dense in Washington, Idaho, Montana and southern North Dakota.

Southwest Oregon:
The Blossom Complex fire is producing smoke that is moving toward the
south southwest (and reaching the Pacific) as well as some smoke that
is moving toward the north.


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.