Sunday, September 4, 2005

THROUGH 1500Z September 4, 2005

A dense area of smoke associated with the numerous fires burning over
north central Idaho is moving towards the northeast into central Canada.
The area of smoke is estimated at 400 km wide and extends across most of
Montana (except for the northwest portion) and moves into southeastern
Alberta, southern/central Saskatchewan and into central/northern Manitoba
just north of Lake Winnipeg.  Clouds across this region is blocking the
full view of the smoke

A fire in the Sequoia National Forest near Hume is producing a narrow
plume (about 10 km wide) of moderately dense smoke extending westward
into southeastern Fresno county.

South Dakota/Minnesota/Ontario/Wisconsin/Iowa/Illinois:
An area of dense smoke moving mostly towards the southeast covers most
of eastern and southern Minnesota and southwestern Ontario.  The smoke
extends south to most of Iowa (except for the extreme southwest portion)
and eastward into western Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois.  A small
portion of the smoke associated with the larger area is moving towards the
northwest across southern Minnesota into southeastern South Dakota. The
overall smoke area originated from the fires burning in Idaho.



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.