DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z July 20, 2006.
Minnesota/Ontario: The wildfires in Lake and Cook counties continue to produce dense to very dense plumes of smoke that combine to form one area that is moving to the northeast over Lake Superior and southern Ontario. Smaller fires on the border of Minnesota and Ontario are also producing moderately dense plumes of smoke that are moving east and contributing to the large area of smoke. In Polk county of west-central Minnesota a fire is producing a locally dense plume of smoke that is moving southeast. In southwestern Ontario there is a large fire that flared up late in the evening and is producing moderately dense to very dense smoke that is moving east into central Ontario. Montana: The wildfires throughout Montana have calmed down quite a bit, with only a few left around Fort Peck Lake. The remaining fires are producing a dense plume of smoke that is fanning out to the north Idaho: A wildfire in Valley county of central Idaho is producing a moderately dense to dense plume of smoke that was initially fanning out to the north, but has shifted and is now moving east to northeast. A fire further north Clearwater county is producing a light plume of smoke that is moving to the northeast. California: The large fire in Lassen county in northern California is still producing a dense smoke plume fanning mostly to the east and it covers nearly the entire panhandle of Lassen county. Wyoming: The enormous wildfire in Park county of northeast Wyoming is producing a large plume of very dense smoke that is moving east and crossing into South Dakota and Nebraska. A fire located further east in Natrona county is producing a plume of moderately dense smoke that is combining with the massive amount of smoke being produced by the wildfire in Park county and moving east. California: The fire in Lassen county continues to produce a plume of moderately dense smoke that is fanning out to the east and crossing into northern Nevada. Saskatchewan: The wildfires around Lake Athabasca in northwest Saskatchewan are producing a narrow plume of dense smoke that is moving directly southeast into central Saskatchewan. Northwest Territories: Several fires along the Franklin Mountains are producing plume of moderately dense smoke that are moving northeast. Yukon Territory/Alaska: There are quite a few fires along the Yukon Territory and Alaska central border that are possibly producing significant smoke that cannot be seen in visible imagery due to cloud cover. Banks