DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1530Z July 30, 2006
Northwest and Northern Plains of the US: Multiple fires in northwestern California have formed a thick blanket of smoke throughout the mountain valleys northwest of Redding. The higher level smoke from these fires extends northeast across southeastern Oregon and into the lower panhandle of Idaho. In west central Oregon a fire in the Deschutes National Forest is producing a short thick plume of smoke moving east. In northcentral Washington the fires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests continue to produce smoke that is now moving east for currently a short distance. In Idaho a thin plume can be seen moving east northeast to the state line from a fire in the Payette National Forest. Raging fires in Glacier National Park continue to emit dense smoke east across northern Montana and over the border into the southern Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This smoke then joins with smoke from several fires in the Nebraska National Forest of extreme northwest Nebraska that then covers eastern Wyoming and then spreads north to cover most of the Dakotas east across Minnesota, Wisconsin, most of Iowa and the northern third of Illinois. Canada: A moderately dense area of smoke mixed with weather clouds extends from the fires south of Lake Athabasca Saskatchewan east across Reindeer Lake and southeast across Lake Winnipeg to Thunder Bay and the area west and southwest of James Bay.