Smoke returns to the Fairbanks Area

Residents in and around the Fairbanks area are certainly no strangers to smoke in the summertime. After over 100 new fires over the weekend, Fairbanks woke up this Monday morning to a familiar smell in the air and hazy view out their windows.

There are currently several large fires burning outside Fairbanks in every direction. That means that no matter which way the winds blow, they are going to continue bringing smoke for the foreseeable future. Most of the smoke today is due to the Blair Fire burning near Blair Lakes, over forty miles south of town.

There is also a fire burning off the Little Chena River (north of Chena Hot Springs Road), over 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Smoke from this Anaconda Creek Fire is not currently affecting Fairbanks, but is heading north.

For more information about smoke conditions across the state, please visit

http://dec.alaska.gov/air/smokemain.htm.

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