Monday, May 15, 2006

THROUGH 0330Z MAY 16, 2006.

Scattered fire activity over mostly northeast Washington/northern Idaho
and northwest Montana were producing smoke plumes that were lifting
northeast at sunset.  The most prominent smoke plume was associated with
a fire very near the Canadian border of the Coleville National Forest in
Ferry county, Washington.  The smoke plume was very dense and extended
nearly 100 miles northeast of it's point source.  Another very prominent
smoke plume was associated with fire activity along the western slopes
of the Bitterroot range in Shoshone county, Idaho.  Smoke was moderately
to occasionaly dense with the plume extending northeast to near Glacier
National Park in Montana.

Alberta, Canada:
Two very large fires were occurring in the vicinity of the Rocky Mountain
Forest Res. this evening and were producing a large smoke plume that was
being transported east nearly 175 miles towards the Saskatchewan border.
The plume was moderately to occasionally dense in localized areas.

Saskatchewan/western Manitoba:
A large area of what is believed to be agricultural burns was producing
a large area of moderately dense smoke along the western shores of Lake
Winnipegosis and extending west for 200 miles into central Saskatchewan.

A large wildfire just southeast of James Bay was producing an extremely
dense smoke plume drifing southwest at sunset towards the Nottoway river.



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.