Tuesday August 15, 2006

THROUGH 1600Z August 15, 2006.

Dakotas/Nebraska/Iowa/British Columbia/Alberta/Saskatchewan/Manitoba:
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 eastern half of Oregon and across most
of eastern/central Washington state before spreading into southeastern
British Columbia.  Then, the smoke moves east into southern Alberta,
Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and covers all of Montana, the Dakotas,
Nebraska, and northern half of Wyoming; moreover, it reaches to Iowa.

The largest smoke producing fires from the smoke mentioned above are
the following:
Northern California:
The Trinity National Forest fire continues to produce large amounts of
very thick smoke moving east and north and reaching southern Oregon.
The fire in Mendocino county is emitting moderately dense smoke moving
NE to central western Oregon.
The very large erratic smoke producing fire in the Deschutes National
Forest is continuing to burn with smoke moving east (mainly southeast),
which combined with the smoke from northern California at cental Oregon.
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 western 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.

Fires in the county of Natrona are still burning and producing moderately
dense plumes of smoke moving east across the borer between Wyoming,
South Dakota and Nebraska to southern South Dakota and panhandle are
of Nebraska.



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.