Monday August 14, 2006

THROUGH 0200Z August 15, 2006.

A tremendous amount of smoke covers a large area of the western
U.S. and southwest/south central Canada from the numerous wildfires.
Smoke stretches across most of eastern California until getting to
northern California where it covers all of that section of the state.
The smoke then stretches across most of western and northern Oregon
and across most of eastern/central Washington state before spreading
into southeastern British Columbia.  Then, the smoke moves east into a
large section of western and all of southern Alberta, northern/central
Idaho and covers all of Montana except for the far eastern region, but
the smoke is getting close to entering that section.  The smoke also
covers southwestern Saskatchewan and northwest/north central Wyoming.
Some light residue smoke can be seen in central South Dakota/Nebraska
and northwestern Kansas and small area of eastern central Colorada.

The largest smoke producing fires from the smoke mentioned above are
the following.
Southern California:
The large fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest near the town
of Gorman continues to produce a large area of moderately dense smoke
moving north NE along interstate 5 and reaching the southern border
county of Tulare.  Then, also from last night two fires burning in the
Sequoia National Forest in Tulare county are emitting dense smoke moving
northeast into extreme western Nevada.
Northern California:
The Trinity National Forest fire continues to produce large amounts of
very thick smoke moving west and north and reaching southern Oregon
and the Pacific Coastline.  The fire in Mendocino county is emitting
moderately dense smoke moving west NW towards the coast.
The very large erratic smoke producing fire in the Deschutes
National Forest is continuing to burn with smoke moving east (both
northeast/southeast).  The northeast moving smoke is beginning to reach
southern Washington.
The Tripod/Complex fire which has been burning for weeks is emitting
a enormous amount of very thick smoke which is moving along northern
Washington/Idaho/Montana and southern British Columbia/Alberta. Moderately
dense smoke from this fire is reaching southwestern Saskatchewan.

Very large fires burning in the Boise and Payette National Forest are
producing areas of very thick smoke moving across central Idaho and into
western/central Montana.  The fires across this region have been burning
over the last couple of weeks.
Fires in Ravalli and Lewis and Clark counties are producing area of
dense smoke moving east across the western region of Montana.
A large fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is producing an area of
thick smoke moving east across most of northern Wyoming.  Two growing
fires in the county of Natrona are emitting narrow plumes of smoke
beginning to reach the border states of South Dakota and Nebraska
(western section).

Baja California:
A fire in northern Baja California near the town of Ensenada is producing
an area of moderately dense smoke moving north into the counties of San
Diego and Imperial.

J Kibler


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.