Tuesday September 12, 2006

THROUGH 0200Z September 13, 2006

Wildfires east of Lake Winnipeg (eastern Manitoba/western Ontario) are
producing thick smoke moving north across both provinces to Hudson Bay.
These fires have been burning since last Thursday.

In central Ontario, just north of Lake Superior, there are several
large fires surrounding Lake Nipigon producing dense smoke moving to the
north. There are more fires further north of Lake Nipigon are producing
thick plumes of smoke that is moving north.

The overall smoke coverage from the fires in central Canada (mentioned
above) extends from southern Manitoba and eastern half of Ontario across
Hudson Bay to central and northern Quebec.  A narrow strip of thin smoke
connected with the large area of smoke also has scanned from west to
east and now covers central Minnesota. The densest smoke is west and
central Ontario and northern Quebec.

The fire on the border of Ventura and Los Angele's are producing a plume
of dense smoke moving west across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to
the Pacific.

The wildfires in the Siskiyou and Salmon Mountains continue to produce
dense smoke moving north and has covered southwestern corner of
Oregon and northwestern California. The densest smoke is also swirling
around northern Trinity county and western Siskiyo county of northern
California. A fire along the border of Klamath and Douglas counties in
southwestern Oregon is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that
is moving east NE and is connected with the smoke from Siskiyou and
Salmon Mountains fires covering eastern Oregon.

A fire in Placer county (Eldorado National Forest), of central
California is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke moving to
all the direction but east. The massive area of smoke combining with
the smoke in northwestern California has covered the northern half of
California. The densest portions of the smoke are around Trinity and
Siskiyou counties in the north and Eldorado National Forest.

Washington/British Columbia:
The wildfires in Okanogan National Forest and western Chelan county in
northern Washington are producing dense smoke moving east NE and has
covered southern British Columbia of Canada and the counties of Chelan
and Okanogan in northern Washington. The thickest part of the smoke plume
is in southern British Columbia and northern Chelan county and southern
Okanogan county in Washington.

Southern Washington/Idaho/Montana/northern Wyoming:
In southeast Washington, the fire in Umatilla National Forest is
producing a big area of thick smoke moving east NE across southeastern
corner of Washington into Panhandle area of Idaho.

Decades of fires in Panhandle area of Idaho are burning and producing
very dense plumes of smoke that is moving east NE and has covered most
of Idaho.

Two large fires in Park and Sweet Grass counties are producing locally
dense plumes of smoke that is moving east SE across Park, Sweet Grass,
Stillwater, Carbon, Big Horn, and Yellowstone counties into northern

More than ten wildfires spreading as a line in the west of Montana from
south to north are producing very dense plumes of smoke moving east NE.

The overall smoke produced from the fires mentioned above has covered
southeastern corner of Washington, almost all of Idaho, western half of
Montana, and north of central Wyoming.



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.