DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z November 9, 2018.
SMOKE: Western Sacramento Valley... The major wildfire in northern California roughly between Chico and Oroville continues to grow in size per satellite imagery. A large smoke plume of moderate to thick density from this fire spread and fanned out quickly to the west,southwest, and south reaching Ukiah, the San Francisco-Oakland metro areas, and south of Monterey and offshore over the Pacific off the central California coast. Southwestern San Joaquin Valley... The ongoing fire in Sequoia National Park west of Visalia in Tulare County also was emitting moderately dense to thick smoke which spread mainly to the west and southwest along the western edge of the southern Sierras. Southern California... Two wildfire complexes started this afternoon in the southern portions of Ventura County of southern California with moderate to locally thick density smoke plumes moving to the southwest and off the coast of southern California. Northwestern U.S./Southwestern Canada... A significant amount of seasonal/agricultural burning was detected across portions of western Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in the Northwestern U.S. and British Columbia and Alberta in Southwestern Canada. Primarily thin density smoke was visible with only some of these fires especially in the Northwestern U.S. while thin cloudiness interfered with smoke detection in southwestern Canada. DUST: Southern California/Western Arizona... Rather thin patches of blowing dust were observed moving to the southwest across some of the desert region of southeastern California. A narrow swath of thin density blowing dust could be seen moving to the south from a source in central Mohave County of western Arizona. 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