DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0130z September 05, 2006
Hawaii: A fire in the West Maui Mountains is producing a light to moderate smoke plume that extends toward the northwest. Northwestern US and Southwestern Canada: An area of mostly moderate smoke with some dense smoke extends from the northwestern corner of California, northward covering the western third of Oregon, most of Washington, parts of southern British Columbia and most of southern Alberta, then moving southward into northern Idaho, western Montana and central Wyoming and the leading edge has entered Jackson County, Colorado. Much of the smoke is contributed by today's fires especially those in Siskiyou and Trinity Counties in California, the numerous fires in northern and central Idaho, and the vigorous fires in Park and Sweet Grass Counties in Montana. Some of the smoke is leftover from previous days' fires and is mixed with haze. Fires in Elko County and near the border of Elko, Eureka and Lander Counties in Nevada are producing smoke that moves northward and might or might not be connected to the main mass of smoke. North Central Alberta and Central Saskatchewan and Manitoba: A remnant from previous days fires in the northwestern U.S. is an area of moderate smoke mixed with haze that can be seen in northern and central Alberta (and adjacent Northern Territories but still south of Great Slave Lake). The smoke becomes slightly less dense as it enters central Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The smoke in Alberta is moving moving northward and eastward while the smoke in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is moving eastward. Ontario and Eastern Manitoba: Strong fires near and east of the Ontario-Manitoba border are producing dense eastward moving smoke in Ontario. A separate fire near 52N87W is also producing a light to moderate smoke plume that extends well eastward, reaching just south of James Bay.