Wednesday August 2, 2006

THROUGH 1600Z August 2, 2006.

The Tripod Complex in Okanogan Nat'l Forest northeast of Twisp, WA
continue to produce dense smoke across the burn area SSE to the Columbia
river where it thins out to thin smoke over NE Washington (north of the
Columbia River) into the Kettle River Range and Selkirk Mtns.  The smoke
then increases density to moderate to dense smoke from the active portion
of last evening's intensification that has moved ENE across  N Bonner
and all of Boundary counties in ID, all of the southern Canadian Rockies
south of 50N between 117W and 114W.  The same area also affects most of
the Rockies of NW MT north of 47N out to the front range and high plains
of MT around 112W.

Dense smoke is covering most of the narrow valleys in NW California and
remains low level near most of the major fires including: The Hunter,
Uncle, Bar, and Junction complexes. Thin to moderate in the midlevels of
the atmosphere extend from San Fransisco Bay, north across the NW between
I-5 and the coastal mountain range into the Siskiyou Mtns along the OR/CA
line.  Most Humboldt and Del Norte counties are unaffected at this time.



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.