Smoke from wildland fires likely to worsen in coming days

Smoke modeling map from Blue Sky Daily Runs, U.S. Forest Service for 6-26-2019 2 p.m.

With warmer, drier conditions around much of the state over the next several days, the wildland fires burning throughout Alaska are expected to become more active and put up more smoke.   Conditions could become hazardous at times depending upon winds. 

Multiple fires in the Interior are causing variably smoky conditions in the Fairbanks area.  In Southcentral Alaska, the 40,000-acre Swan Lake fire continues to send smoke into Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula communities.  The smoke has affected visibility for motorists near the Swan Lake Fire and could affect visibility for air travel in some areas of the state.  The ridge of high pressure that’s causing the high temperatures and low humidity is expected to persist through the end of the week.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burned vegetation.  It can hurt your eyes and irritate your respiratory system.  It can also worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.  Those with health conditions should take steps to limit their exposure to smoke.  For more information, visit the air quality page on the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website.

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