Wednesday September 13, 2006

THROUGH 0215Z September 14, 2006

Oregon/Idaho/Montana – Northern/Central Plains:
A massive area of smoke is covering part of the northwest U.S., as well
as the central plains. Very dense smoke is being produced by wildfires
throughout eastern Oregon, central and northern Idaho and western/southern
Montana. Particularly the enormous fires in Valley county, Idaho and Sweet
Grass county, Montana.  The area of smoke travels east from the fires,
completely covering Montana and the Dakota's, where it turns to the
south and affects eastern Wyoming, northeast Colorado, and the western
halves of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.  The densest portions of smoke
(aside from the smoke local to the fires) is found in North Dakota,
northeast Colorado, southern Nebraska and western Kansas.

The large wildfires located in the national forest's of northwest
California continue to emit very dense smoke that, for the most part is
staying local or moving slightly to the northeast, but some has escaped
the forests/mountain and has traveled directly south through California.

Also contributing to this large area of smoke over California is a fire
in Placer county that is producing moderately dense smoke.

The wildfire burning just east of Los Angeles on the border of Los Angeles
and Kern counties is producing moderately dense to dense smoke that is
moving to the west southwest out over the coast. Smoke from this fire
is surely affecting the Los Angeles metro and surrounding area.

A large amount of wildfires are spreading through southern Ontario, just
north of Lake Superior, and south of Lake Nipigon. These wildfires are
producing very dense smoke that is mainly staying local to the fires,
but some of the moderately dense portions of smoke has moved south over
Lake Superior and into northern Wisconsin.



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.