Smoke Outlook for 7/16- 7/17: When will the smoke clear?

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.

North 

Fires in the Interior of Alaska including Denali National Park. The orange fires indicate active fires in this region.
Fires in the interior of Alaska including near Denali National Park.

(Fairbanks and surrounding cities, Denali National Park)

Fire 

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. 

Air quality predictions for Fairbanks, North Pole and Denali Park areas. This is a picture of the predicted air quality.
Air quality predictions for Fairbanks, North Pole and Denali Park areas.

Smoke 

Decreased fire activity has produced less smoke and this is expected to continue for the next several days.

Other 

The monitor at Denali National Park is not reporting data. Blue Sky computer modeling indicates good air quality in the park today.

South 

(Anchorage, Mat-Su, and the Kenai Peninsula)

This map shows the cities in the south central area and the Kenai Peninsula. The Swan Lake Fire near Sterling is still staffed.
This map shows the cities in the south central area and the Kenai Peninsula.

Fire 

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. 

Air quality predictions for Palmer, Butte, Anchorage, Cooper Landing, Sterling, Seward and Juneau areas. A picture of the smoke impacts for south of the range.
Air quality predictions for Palmer, Butte, Anchorage, Cooper Landing, Sterling, Seward and Juneau areas. Green is good!

Smoke 

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.

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