DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0200Z November 10, 2018.
SMOKE: Northern California/Santa Ana Mountains/Pacific Ocean... The Camp wildfire in northern California continues to produce very thick smoke which generally spread to the south and west though some of the northern portion of the smoke over the northern Sacramento Valley was gradually spreading to the north toward Redding by late in the day. Thicker smoke from this fire blanketed much of north central California from the Sacramento Valley (including the city of Sacramento) westward to the northern and central coast (including the San Francisco-Oakland metro areas) and well offshore from there where it merged with smoke from the southern California wildfires. Southern California/Southern Arizona... Huge destructive wildfires in southeastern Ventura and southwestern Los Angeles counties were emitting large quantities of dense smoke which moved to the southwest and fanning out as it pushed offshore. The smoke eventually merged offshore with smoke emanating from the Camp wildfire in northern California. In addition, a narrow swath of mainly thin density smoke from the southern California fires had wrapped back inland to the east over northern Baja and a portion of southern Arizona. Southeastern San Joaquin Valley... The ongoing Alder fire in Sequoia National Park was observed emitting moderately dense to thick smoke this afternoon. The smoke is initially moving off toward the valley to the west, but then also fanning out to the north and south along the western slopes of the nearby Sierras. Northwestern U.S./Southwestern Canada... Another day of extensive seasonal/agricultural fires was seen over portions of western Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in the Northwestern U.S. and British Columbia, Alberta, and southern Saskatchewan in southwestern Canada. Little smoke though was visible in satellite imagery in part due to higher cloudiness passing across the region. 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