DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z October 20, 2018.
SMOKE: California/Oregon... A combination of seasonal fires and a few wildfires has resulted in sizable areas of mainly thin density smoke scattered across portions of Oregon and California with thicker smoke located closer to the actual fires. Washington/Idaho/Western Montana/British Columbia/Alberta... Mainly seasonal fires were detected scattered over portions of Washington, Idaho, western Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta with visible thin density smoke associated with smoke of this activity. South Central Canada/North Dakota/Northwestern Minnesota... Mainly seasonal agricultural fires were detected over the southern parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada and the northern portion of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota with a number of thin density smoke plumes spreading quickly to the southeast. Western High Plains... Nearly a dozen seasonal fires resulted in puffs of thin density smoke which moved very quickly to the south over extreme eastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska, western Kansas, and the Oklahoma Panhandle. DUST: Southern Idaho/Northern Utah... A couple of thin density patches of blowing dust were visible spreading to the south over southern Idaho and over the Great Salt Lake in northern Utah. JS THIS TEXT PRODUCT IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO DESCRIBE SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF SMOKE ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVE FIRES AND SMOKE WHICH HAS BECOME DETACHED FROM THE FIRES AND DRIFTED SOME DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE SOURCE FIRE. TYPICALLY OVER THE COURSE OF ONE OR MORE DAYS. AREAS OF BLOWING DUST ARE ALSO DESCRIBED. USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VIEW A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF THESE AND OTHER PLUMES WHICH ARE LESS EXTENSIVE AND STILL ATTACHED TO THE SOURCE FIRE IN VARIOUS GRAPHIC FORMATS ON OUR WEB SITE: JPEG: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/currenthms.jpg GIS: ftp://satpsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/FIRE/HMS/GIS/ KML: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/fire.kml (fire) http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/smoke.kml (smoke) ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE SENT TO: SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov