DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z August , 2006.
Washington: The Tripod Complex fire north and NE of Twisp, WA along the Okanogan Range continues to output a large area of thick smoke moving east NE into British Columbia. A smaller fire to the southwest of the Tripod Complex near Lake Chelan National Rec. Area and the town of Lucerne is continuing to grow with a long narrow plume of smoke moving towards the east. Northern California: The Orleans Complex, Happy Camp, Panther and Uncles Complex continue to burn producing areas of moderately dense smoke. Although the full extent of the smoke is very difficult to see due to cloud cover. The Kingsley Complex fire to the south of the above mentioned fires is producing an area of moderately dense smoke moving west, but once again the full extent of the smoke is difficult to see. The Hunter Complex is producing an area of thick smoke moving to the west towards the coastline. Montana/Idaho: The Red Eagle fire located in northwest Montana is producing an area of dense smoke moving towards the north NE into Albertaf The Stone 2 Fire on the border of Utah north of Great Salt Lake continues to grow and is emitting an area of dense smoke towards the northeast across the southeastern region of Idaho The above mentioned fires continue to contribute to the overall smoke coverage that stretches from northern California, Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada east across the Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and thins out once reaching the Northern and Central Plain and the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes Region. Southern California: Small fires burning across Kern and Tulare counties near Bakersfield are producing narrow plumes of thin smoke moving north across the region. Canada/Northwest Territories: Their are multiple fires burning in/around Great Bear and Great Slave Lakes. The largest fires are located southwest and southeast of Great Bear Lake and are producing areas of thick smoke moving north. A growing fire on the eastern side of Great Slave Lake is emitting an area of moderately dense smoke moving north. A small fire producing thin smoke is burning on the northwest side of Great Slave Lake. Overall the smoke covers a large portion of western Northwest Territories. J Kibler