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.
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.
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.
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.
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