DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z August 16, 2006.
California/Nevada/Pacific Northwest/Idaho/Montana/Wyoming/Northern and Central Plains/Upper and Lower Mississippi Valley/British Columbia/Alberta/Saskatchewan/Manitoba: 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: California: 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 Nevada. Oregon: The very large fire in the Deschutes National Forest is continuing to burn with very dense smoke moving east across the state. Washington: 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. Idaho: 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. Manitoba: 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 region: 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