Wednesday, September 21, 2005

THROUGH 0100Z September 22, 2005

Northern Rockies/Inter-Mountains West:
Numerous fires across northern/central Idaho and western Montana are
producing smoke plumes moving in a wstly direction across the region.
Fires in Lincoln county Montana are producing dense smoke plumes
moving west into Flathead and Glacier Counties.   Fires in Kootenai and
Benewah counties Idaho are producing dense smoke plumes moving west into
Shoshone county.  These are the most significant fires across the region.
There are several other fires producing thin plumes.

Middle/Lower Mississippi Valley/Southeast US:
Numerous (primarily) agricultural fires are spreading across the region
with the largest smoke producers stretching across the Gulf Coastline
from southeast Texas/southwest Louisiana border to southwest Alabama.
A fire near Grand Bay in Mobile county Alabama (23 km wide) has an
associated plume that stretches 243 km into southeast Louisiana.
There are numerous fire in southwest Louisiana near the coast line
that are producing 100 km or more long plume stretching into the Gulf
of Mexico.  The above mentioned smoke plumes are moving southwestly.

There are several moderate fires across the state.  A fire in Lane
county is producing a plume that stretches south into Douglas county.
Several fires in Douglas county are producing smoke that is moving south
into Jackson county. There are a couple of fires burning in Klamath county
producing smoke moving southeast into Siskiyou and Modoc counties in
northern California.  Fires in Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties
are producing small thin smoke plumes that are moving south into the
associated counties mentioned above.

Several fires burning in the Sacramento Valley in the counties of Glenn,
Butte, Sutter and Colusa are producing thin smoke plumes moving west or
southwest across the valley.



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.