Monday, July 17, 2006

THROUGH 1615Z July 17, 2006.

The wildfires throughout Lake and Cook counties are continuing to produce
a large area of dense smoke moving south across Lake Superior and into
north and central Wisconsin.  Additional fires are burning across the
border in Ontario just north of St Louis and Lake counties in Minnesota.
They are emitting thin plumes of moderately dense smoke.  The smoke
is just one of the contributors to the overall smoke coverage in the
central US.

Great Basin/Rockies/Plains/Mississippi Valley/Upper Great Lakes/Alberta:
An enormous amount of smoke stretches across the U.S. ranging from Utah
into eastern/central Montana, most of Wyoming, Colorado, throughout
the northern Plains from North Dakota to northeast Texas and into the
Mississippi Valley and north and eastward into the Ohio Valley and the
Upper Great Lakes.  The fires of most concern are burning in Petroleum,
Garfield and Phillips counties in central Montana.  They are emitting
long narrow plumes of thick smoke moving northwest across the state and
into southeast Alberta.  The overall smoke coverage is moving towards
the southeast.

A wildfire in Stanislaus county in central California (just southeast of
the south Bay area) is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke moving
northwest and southeast from the source.  In Plumas county of northern
California a fire is emitting a moderately dense plume of smoke that is
moving to the west.  A fire in southeast Nye county in Nevada continues
to produce dense plumes of smoke that is moving to the northeast and
affecting eastern Nevada and small parts of western Utah.



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.