Smoke outlook for 7-12/13: Unhealthy levels remain in the Interior; smoke will clear in Southcentral Alaska

Anchorage should get a break from smoke generated by the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula starting today. However, smoke will continue to impact and send air quality to unhealthy levels in many parts of Interior Alaska, including the Upper Yukon Area.

Map of fires and air quality levels throughout Alaska for July 12-13, 2019.

Map of fires and air quality levels throughout Alaska for July 12-13, 2019.

Beginning tomorrow, there will be two Smoke Outlooks for Alaska. Alaska North will provide forecasts for Fairbanks, North Pole, and Denali National Park; all other forecasts will be provided in the Alaska South Smoke Outlook.

Fire

Central/Eastern Interior: Thunderstorms could produce high, localized winds with increased fire activity. The 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: There will be heavy smoke impacts across the entire Interior to include unhealthy impacts from McGrath east to Nenana through Fairbanks area to Deltana. There will also be unhealthy levels in numerous areas downwind of fires in the Upper Yukon area.

Southcentral: Marine air will continue to bring lower temperatures and higher humidity, resulting in less intense fire activity. This should continue to spell relief for areas affected primarily by the Swan Lake fire.

Southeast: Heavier smoke should return to Juneau by the afternoon.

Click on link for PDF version of air quality report 2019-07-12-FINAL

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

 

Information box showing air quality levels throughout Alaska for July 12-13, 2019.

Information box showing air quality levels throughout Alaska for July 12-13, 2019.

 

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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