Thursday September 07, 2006

THROUGH 1615Z September 07, 2006

United States:
The wildfires located throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana and the
southern border of British Columbia are all producing very dense smoke
that has combined to form a massive area of smoke that is fanning out to
the southeast and moving directly across the entire U.S and just fading
from visible imagery before reaching the states on the east coast. States
affected are Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, the Dakota's,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Only light smoke
has reached the states mentioned that are furthest east and the densest
smoke is affecting the states located in the Great Lakes region.

The main source of this smoke is the enormous wildfire in Okanogan
National Forest on the border of northern Washington and southern
British Columbia. There is also a large wildfire burning in Umatilla
National Forest that is contributing to the massive area of smoke. The
large amount of fires spreading through central and northern Idaho and
large fires in southwest Montana are contributing a significant amount
of dense to very dense smoke to this massive area as well.

Smoke is also spreading through southern British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Dense smoke from fires in western Ontario
has moved across the province reaching it's eastern border.

A fire located in or near Los Angeles county is producing a plume
of moderately dense to dense smoke that is fanning out to the south
southeast and could very likely be affecting the L.A. Metro area.



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.