Monday, September 5, 2005

THROUGH 0200Z September 5 2005

Numerous large fires are burning across central and southeast Idaho. Smoke
detection is being hindered however by extensive cloudiness across the
region. It appears that dense smoke is mixed with the clouds and is
spreading to the northeast of the source into western Montana from the
fires in central Idaho. Fires near Pocatello and Blackfoot are producing
smoke plumes that extend to the northeast into the northwest corner of
Wyoming and are about 100 km wide.

Manitoba/Upper Mississippi Valley:
Two areas of smoke are seen that are associated with the fires in
Idaho. One area is entrained with a large cloud mass over central Manitoba
extending from southwest to northeast across central Lake Winnipeg and
moving northeast. Another area of thin smoke is from southwest Minnesota
into north central Iowa.

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

A fire over northern Monterey county near Soledad is producing a smoke
plume that extends (and is moving) to the southeast along the eastern
Monterey border into the southeast portion of the county. The plume is
about 30 km wide at its furthest extent.

Lower Mississippi Valley:
Numerous fires are seen over Louisiana, southern Arkansas and eastern
Texas and several have modest smoke plumes associated with them (mainly
less than 50 km long). The longest plume is about 100 km from a blaze
in northeast Louisiana. All of the plumes are moving to the southwest.



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.