Locals and tourists ask: “When will the smoke clear?” and “Where can we go to get away from the smoke?” As we receive moisture and temperatures change, fire behavior will slow and smoke will decrease. Alaska is a big state and conditions vary. Air Resource Advisors collect information about fuels, fire behavior, terrain and weather conditions to predict the levels of smoke in the area. Check out the report to help plan your activities.
(Fairbanks and surrounding cities, Denali National Park)
Fires that were slowed by rain and cooler temperatures have not yet rebounded. Cooler weather is expected to persist over the next few days with a chance for rain later in the week. Firefighters are using this opportunity to strengthen containment lines where needed, in the event fires become more active with a shift in the weather pattern.
Decreased fire activity has produced less smoke and this is expected to continue for the next several days.
The monitor at Denali National Park is not reporting data. Blue Sky computer modeling indicates good air quality in the park today.
(Anchorage, Mat-Su, and the Kenai Peninsula)
Swan Lake fire is approximately 100,812 acres and is 25% contained. The fire has been smoldering and creeping in the drainages on the eastern flank. The rest of the fire remains fairly inactive. Lower temperatures and increased RH values have reduced fire activity. This trend is expected to continue through mid-week, when fire activity is anticipated to pick up.
Southeast winds are expected this afternoon, Cooper Landing and Sterling could see smoke impacts, more so in the evenings and mornings. Increased fire behavior and smoke production are anticipated later in the week with a drying trend in the weather.
Southeast Juneau should not see any smoke impacts today.
Categories: AK Fire Info