Smoke Outlook for 7/10-7/11: Many places cleaning out today – except for Tanana Valley

7-10 Smoke-1Heavy smoke impacts in Kenai Peninsula, Yukon and Tanana Valleys including Fairbanks and southern Kenai areas, according to air quality advisors working at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Fire

Central/Eastern Interior: Ridgetop winds will be from the west today. Heavy smoke is slowing fire activity somewhat.

Southcentral: Southwest breeze continues today bringing higher humidity, lower temperatures and reduced fire activity on Swan Lake fire expected as was seen yesterday. Cooling continues into Thursday.

Smoke

Central/Eastern Interior: Heavy smoke impacts across the entire interior. Conditions will not improve with the wind switch due the number of fires across the area – except for the far western interior.

Southcentral: Winds will a see a southerly component today which should help push smoke into the Anchorage bowl and up the Mat-Su valley. This should spell some relief for areas south of the fire.

Southeast: Smoke should get pushed west of Juneau and out to sea for one more day. SOUTHWEST: Smoke continues to thin today in west.

Click on link 7-10 Smoke for PDF version of air quality forecast.

For additional information:

Alaska DEC Air Quality Advisories — http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories/

Fairbanks North Star Borough, Air Quality Division http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/transportation/Pages/Air-Quality.aspx

Anchorage Municipal Air Quality Program http://www.muni.org/departments/health/admin/environment/airq/Pages/default.aspx

Alaska Division of Public Health http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/eph/Pages/wildfire/default.aspx

Air quality chart for July 9-10.

Air quality chart for July 9-10.

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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