DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0220Z July 17, 2006.
Minnesota: The wildfires throughout Lake and Cook counties continue to produce dense plumes of smoke that are fanning out in several directions, but visible imagery late in the evening shows the smoke moving east to northeast into southern Ontario and out over Lake Superior. Several smaller fires along the Minnesota/Ontario border are producing moderately dense smoke and are also contributing to this large area of smoke over northeast Minnesota/Southern Ontario. Throughout the day this smoke has travelled over Lake Superior and is now covering most of Michigan and Ohio. Montana/Wyoming/Nebraska/Dakota's: The enormous wildfires in Montana continue to burn today producing massive amounts of very dense smoke. All of these wildfires are found on the eastern half of Montana, while the largest of the wildfires can be found on the northern border of Garfield county directly along Fort Peck Lake. The wildfires in northwest Wyoming are also producing massive amounts of very dense smoke that is moving northeast. The largest wildfire can be found in Shoshone National Forest. In Cherry county of northern Nebraska a large fire broke out late in the evening and is producing moderately dense to very dense smoke that is fanning out in an easterly direction. Several small fires throughout the Dakota's can also be seen producing moderately dense plumes of smoke that are contributing to the massive area of smoke moving into the eastern United States. Wyoming/Montana/Nebraska/Dakota's/Minnesota/Iowa/Wisconsin and northeast Illinois are the states that are being affected the most by this area of smoke. Arkansas: A fire in Perry county of central Arkansas is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that is moving south. California/Nevada: The wildfire in San Bernardino county of southern Cali. continues to produce a very dense plume of smoke that is fanning out to the west. This plume of smoke may be affecting the Los Angeles metro area. In Santa Clara county of central Cali. a fire is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that is moving to the northeast. A fire in Plumas county broke out late in the evening and is producing a locally dense plume of smoke that is fanning out to the east/southeast. The fires throughout Nevada continue to produce dense plumes of smoke that are moving to the northeast and heavily affecting northern Utah. Ontario: Fires in western and central Ontario are producing moderately dense plumes of smoke that are moving directly east. Saskatchewan: The wildfires around Lake Athabasca in northwest Saskatchewan flared up again today and began producing moderately dense to dense plumes of smoke that are moving southeast. Banks