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Smoke from Wildfires Hangs Over Idaho Mountains

45.5N 116.8W

October 5th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – October 5th, 2012

Wildfires continue to rage in northern and western USA in early October, mostly due to lack of rain. Here, smoke from wildfires in Idaho, near the Washington-Oregon border, looms over forests and rests in the valleys between mountain ridges. Other blazes can also be observed in Washington, near the Oregon border, in the upper left quadrant, releasing smoke that blows to the west.

Wildfires Continue to Blaze Near Washington-Oregon Border in Early October

45.8N 121.9W

October 2nd, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – October 1st, 2012

Although wildfire season in the western and northern USA usually comes to a close in October, through September lack of significant precipitation inputs have led to above normal availability of fuels for wildfires across most of the northern half of the U.S. as well as California.  Here, wildfires can be seen burning near the Washington-Oregon border (click here for previous images).

Normally during this time of year fuels conditions would decline fairly rapidly across the northern tier.  This season, however, is seeing a very slow decline in nearly all fire danger indices, with that decline coming mostly in response to longer and colder nights.  In order for any significant improvement in fuel conditions to take place a sustained input of moisture would need to occur.  However, this seems unlikely at least through the middle of October.

Smoke From Fires in Western USA Blows Southward Across Utah

43.3N 114W

August 19th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – August 18th, 2012

As wildfires continue to burn in western USA, smoke blows southward towards Utah and the Great Salt Lake and the Great Salt Lake Desert (west of the lake). The fires from which the smoke originates are clustered in the mountains of Idaho, between the Oregon/Washington and Montana borders.

Coastal Plains and Valleys and Great Basin of Western USA

39.7N 120W

July 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - July 25th, 2011

The fertile green of the western coastal states of Washington, Oregon and California (from top to bottom) is striking in comparison to the more arid terrain of the Great Basin further inland. Parallel to the coast, nestled between mountain ranges is California’s Central Valley, an area of great agricultural production.

The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America and is noted for its arid conditions and Basin and Range topography. The region spans several physiographic divisions, biomes/ecoregions, and deserts. The large white expanse near the right edge of the image are the Bonneville Salt Flats, just west of the Great Salt Lake, in the state of Utah.

Cascade Range Crossing Washington State, USA

47.6N 117.4W

April 16th, 2011 Category: Mountains

USA - April 8th, 2011

This image shows the northwestern part of the state of Washington, USA, near the border with Canada (above). Washington is the northwesternmost state of the contiguous United States.

Its northern border lies mostly along the 49th parallel, and then via marine boundaries through the Strait of Georgia, Haro Strait and Strait of Juan de Fuca, with the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.

The high mountains of the Cascade Range run north-south, bisecting the state. Western Washington, west of the Cascades, has a mostly marine west coast climate with moderately mild temperatures, wet winters, and dry summers. Western Washington also supports dense forests of conifers and areas of temperate rain forest.