Monday, June 26, 2006

THROUGH 1600Z June 26, 2006.

Central Canada:
Numerous and persistent fires around Lake Athabasca in northern
Saskatchewan and northeastern Alberta continue to produce a very large
area of moderate to mainly very dense smoke that is generally moving
towards the southeast. The most smoke is being produced this morning
from a large fire on the northeast shore of the lake. The smoke plume
extends from Lake Athabasca across central Saskatchewan (crossing the
southwest tip of Reindeer Lake) into most of southern Manitoba, covering
all of Lake Winnipeg, and into western Ontario.

Northern and Central Plains:
An area of thin smoke has detached from the main plume of thick smoke
over central Canada and drifted south into the northern and central
Plains. This smoke extends from northwest Minnesota and eastern North
Dakota southward through central South Dakota and Nebraska.

Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico:
The large wildfire in the Kaibab National Forest of northern Coconino
county was burning very intensely through the night into this morning. A
large plume of dense smoke has drifted mainly to the south and covers
western Coconino county and much of Yavapai. Most recent satellite imagery
through 1600Z shows the smoke taking more of a turn to the southwest and
it is now moving into northwest Maricopa, southeast Mohave and eastern
La Paz counties.

A fire near Navaho Mt in southern Utah is producing a thin plume of smoke
that is drifting to the southeast across northern Navaho county Arizona
and also to the west along the Arizona/Utah border. A fire near Mogollon,
New Mexico in the Gila National Forest has left smoke in the valley of
the middle fork of the Gila river this morning.

A fire just west of Elko, Nevada is producing a narrow, moderately dense
plume moving to the west and reaching into northern Lander county. A fire
in eastern Nye county is producing a short, thin plume that is drifting
to the northwest.

A fire on the Lassen/Sierra county border is producing a narrow plume
of thin smoke that is moving to the west and reaches into central
Butte county.



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.