Tuesday August 15, 2006

THROUGH 0230Z August 16, 2006.

California/Nevada/Pacific Northwest/Idaho/Montana/Wyoming/Northern
and Central Plains/Upper and Lower Mississippi Valley/British
Smoke covers a large area of the western and northern/central U.S. and
southern/central Canada from the numerous wildfires burning across the
region during the last few weeks.  Smoke stretches across California and
parts of western Nevada with a couple small fires in the central part of
the state.  The smoke then stretches north across eastern/central Oregon
and Washington before spreading into southeastern British Columbia.
Then, the smoke moves east into southern/central Alberta, Saskatchewan,
Manitoba, and covers all of Montana, most of Wyoming (except for
far southern region), the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.
The farthest east the smoke reaches is western Ontario, southwestern
Wisconsin, northwest Illinois and northern Missouri.

The largest smoke producing fires from the smoke mentioned above are:

Numerous fires in the Salmon Mountains near Somes Bar and fires just
southeast of this town continue to produce large amounts of very thick
smoke moving northeast and reaching southern Oregon.
Fires in eastern Tulare county in the Sequoia National Forest are
producing an area of moderately dense smoke moving east NE into western

The very large fire in the Deschutes National Forest is continuing to
burn with very dense smoke moving east across the state.

The Tripod/Complex fire burning in the Okanagan National Forest in
northern Washington is producing a large area of thick smoke moving
northeast into southern British Columbia and Alberta.  Some residue
smoke from this fire covers part of Idaho/Montana and possibly Wyoming.

Very large fires burning in the Boise and Payette National Forest are
producing areas of very thick smoke moving northeast across central
Idaho and into western/central Montana.

Fires burning just south of Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg and most of
them southwest of the city of Winnipeg are producing areas of light to
moderately dense smoke moving north NE across Manitoba.

Lower Mississippi Valley/Southeast:
Numerous small fires (possibly agricultural or prescribe fires) are
producing plumes of light smoke moving mostly southerly across this

North Carolina:
A fire in Carteret county near the city of Morehead is producing an area
of light smoke moving north across the Pamlico Sound and into the county
of Hyde.

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.