Smoke outlook for 7/11-12: Heavy smoke impacts Yukon and Tanana Valleys; Juneau

Map showing fires and air quality levels for July 11-12, 2019.

Map showing fires and air quality levels for July 11-12, 2019.

Heavy smoke will impact the Yukon and Tanana valleys including the Fairbanks area and will return to Juneau this afternoon, according to air quality advisors working at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Fire

Central/Eastern Interior: Ridgetop winds will be from the west today. Trend toward cooler temperatures continues.

Southcentral:  A southerly breeze continues today bringing higher humidity, lower temperatures and reduced fire activity on Swan Lake fire.

Smoke

Central/Eastern Interior:  Heavy smoke impacts across the entire interior. Unhealthy impacts from McGrath east to Nenana through Fairbanks area to Deltana. Also unhealthy in numerous areas downwind of fires in the upper Yukon.

Southcentral: Marine air will continue to push smoke north. This should continue to spell relief for areas south of the fire.

Southeast: Heavier smoke should return to Juneau by afternoon.

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

Download entire air quality outlook here: 7-11 final (1)

Air quality graphic showing the various levels for July 11-12.

Air quality graphic showing the various levels for July 11-12.

 

 

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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