DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0200Z August 3, 2006.
Washington: The Tripod Complex in the Okanogan National Forest northeast of Twisp, WA continues to produce dense smoke across the burn area and extending mainly to the east into northeast Washington. A fire in north central Chelan county is producing a narrow plume of smoke that is drifting east and southeast within the county. Fires in Columbia and Franklin counties in southeast Washington produced moderately dense plumes that extended to the northeast into east central Washington. A broad area of what is believed to be thin to moderately dense smoke moved in off the Pacific and covered the northern two thirds of Washington, Vancouver Island and southern British Columbia. The source is not readily known but it is quite possibly remnant smoke from the massive Russian fires that have been burning for weeks. Oregon: The long burning fire in western Deschutes county continues to produce a plume that extends to the south and east, covering most of the county and reaching into western Crook. A fire along the Crook/Wheeler border in the Ochoco National forest is producing a moderately dense smoke plume that fans out to the northeast and southeast reaching into southern Morrow and western Grant. A cluster of fires along the western Linn and Marion border has produced a thin plume of smoke that drifted to the south. Residual smoke from the fires in northern California has crept into southwest Oregon. California: Dense smoke covers much of northwest California from Glenn and northern Mendocino counties northward to the Oregon border. With light winds the smoke is showing only slow movement, mainly to the west. An area of thin smoke, surrounds this dense area and extends out into the Pacific and down the coast to the San Francisco Bay area and reaches east into the Sacramento Valley. A fire in east central Tuolumne county is producing a moderately dense plume extending to the east into northern Mono. Another blaze in the Sierras in eastern Tulare county is producing a moderately dense plume extending to the north less than 50 km. Idaho/Montana/southern Alberta/southern Saskatchewan: Several fires in central and northern Idaho are producing narrow, thin to locally moderately dense smoke plumes that extend to the northeast. The fires are in Custer, Valley, Latah and Clark counties. Fires in Glacier National PArk in Glacier county and in the Bitterroot National Forest in northwest Rivalli county are producing moderately dense plumes extending to the east. A broad area of residual smoke from yesterday's fires in the Northwest was seen drifting eastward across northern Montana, southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Oklahoma: A fire in northern Atoka county near the Pittsburg county border was producing a moderately dense to locally dense plume of smoke that was lifting north and reaching into southern Muskogee. Louisiana/southern Arkansas: Several fires were noted producing narrow, thin smoke plumes over the region. All of the plumes were moving to the northeast. Florida and the northern Gulf of Mexico: A fire over southwest Collier county produced a moderately dense plume that extended to the west and moved out over the Gulf. A fire over eastern Marion county produced a moderately dense plume that moved to the east across northern Volusia. A broad area of Saharan dust still lingers across northern Florida and the northern Gulf of Mexico reaching all the way to the uper Texas coast near Galveston. Virginia and the mid Atlantic coast: A fire in northeast Southampton county produced a moderately dense plume that moved to the east into the Atlantic. A fire in western Amelia county produced a thin plume of smoke that extended to the east southeast across the length of the county. A large area is seen emerging from the mid Atlantic coast from New Jersey south to North Carolina and extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. It is felt that this area is a mix of haze and some residual smoke, but that the predominant constituent is haze. Manitoba: A fire in east central Manitoba east of Lake Winnipeg is producing a moderately dense to locally dense plume that extends east into western Ontario. Ruminski