DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0130Z June 23, 2006.
Southwestern US: A fire in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest was producing a very dense plume of smoke that extended 90 km to the east and south. The Sedona fire was generating a thin smoke plume that also extended 90 km to the southwest. Cloud cover was making it difficult to discern smoke from a large blaze in southern Catron County, New Mexico, but a smokey haze was present on either side of the Arizona-New Mexico border. California: A narrow moderately dense smoke plume extended to the Pacific Ocean 85 km to the southwest of a fire in Santa Barbara County, CA. Blowing dust was moving west across southwest San Bernardino and the western third of Riverside counties. Oregon: Fires in Linn, Lane and Grant counties resulted in smoke plumes that moved generally towards the east. Florida: A blaze in Palm Beach County produced a smoke plume that extended to the southwest into Hendry County while another in Highlands County resulted in a plume that extended towards the west and northwest across Hardee County into eastern Manatee and Hillsborough counties. Midwest: A ribbon of residual smoke from fires in Arizona and Colorado stretched from northeast Iowa southwestward into extreme northwest Missouri. Colorado: Smoke extended to the east of a fire in Garfield County. Canada: Numerous large fires around Lake Athabasca in northern Saskatchewan and notheast Alberta are producing a large area of moderately dense to locally very dense smoke near the source of the fires. The smoke extends from around Great Slave Lake in the southern Northwest Territory southeastward across northeast Alberta, much of northern Saskatchewan and into southwest Manitoba near Lake Winnipeg. The smoke reaches to the US border in northwest Minnesota. Turk/Ruminski/Zhong