Wednesday August 30, 2006

THROUGH 0220Z August 31, 2006

The wildfires throughout the multiple national forest's in northwest
California continue to produce very dense smoke that was originally
staying local to the fire, but is now extending nearly 250 KM to the
southwest off the Pacific Coast.

Fires in western Oregon are producing moderately dense smoke that is
moving to the south.

A rather large fire burning through Juab and Sanpete counties is producing
a dense to very dense plume of smoke to the northeast and almost reaching
Colorado's western border.

A wildfire burning in Umatilla National Forest in southeast Washington
is producing a massive amount of very dense smoke that is moving to the
east across north central Idaho and into western Montana.

The wildfire in Okanogan National Forest continues to burn today but to
a less degree of intensity than it has been. It is producing moderately
dense to dense smoke that can barely be seen through the clouds and is
moving to the southeast.

The enormous amount of wildfires throughout central Idaho in or near
Payette, Salmon and Boise National Forest's are producing a range of
moderately dense to very dense smoke that was originally fanning out in
all directions of the fires, but is now moving directly to the northeast
and covering much of western Montana.

Wildfires along the south central border of Montana, in the Gallatin
National Forest are producing very dense smoke that is moving to the
north northeast and covering most of eastern Montana.

A large area of moderately dense to very dense smoke from all of these
fires has moved into southern and central Saskatchewan.

Several large fires along the Saskatchewan Ontario central border
are producing dense plumes of smoke that are extending to the north.
There is also a smaller fire in southwest Ontario that is producing a
light to moderately dense plume of smoke that is moving directly north.

Remnant smoke can be seen in the northern parts of Saskatchewan and
Ontario. This smoke is the result of the wildfires throughout the
northwest United States yesterday.

Blowing dust can be seen moving across southern Idaho and northwest



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.