DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0215Z June 21, 2006.
Southwestern and Central US: A large area of smoke ranging from moderately dense to very dense is spread across the majority of the central US. The smoke goes as far north as South Dakota/Minnesota, and as far east as Iowa/Missouri. The source of this massive area of smoke are the wildires located throughout California, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Closer to the sources the smoke is much denser, and begins to thin out as it reaches further east. California: A wildfire in Santa Barbara county, along the southwest coast is producing a moderately dense to dense plume of smoke that was originally moving northeast and reached as far as southern Nevada. Later in the evening the plume shifted directions and began moving south to southwest over the Pacific Ocean. Arizona: The enormous wildfire in northern Coconino county continues to emit a massive plume of very dense smoke that is moving northeast. This fire is also the main source for the smoke that has moved across the central United States. The wildfire in central Arizona on the border of Coconino and Yavapai counties is producing a dense plume of smoke that is moving east. This fire has also contributed to the massive area of smoke. Utah/Colorado: A wildfire that just emerged today on the border of Montrose county in Colorado and San Juan county in Utah is producing a very dense plume of smoke that is moving east to northeast. The wildfire in southern Colorado that was burning yesterday continues to produce a very dense plume of smoke that is moving east. This fire is located on the border of Costilla and Huerfano counties, but the smoke emitting from it is mainly affecting Huerfano and Pueblo counties. New Mexico: The wildifre in Catron county on the western border that has been burning for several days now continues to produce a very large and very dense plume of smoke that is moving east to northeast. This fire has been emitting a significant amount of smoke for several days now, and is one of the major sources in the massive area of smoke over the central US. A wildfire in Harding county in the northeast portion of New Mexico continues to produce a massive amount of very dense smoke that is moving northeast. Idaho: A fire in southern Idaho on the border of Gooding and Jerome counties flared up late in the evening and is producing a dense plume of smoke that is moving directly east and spreading out as it reaches the southeastern border. Banks