While smoke is beginning to clear in northern Alaska during the day, air quality remains moderate at times in Fairbanks and unhealthy in Fort Yukon due to continuing fire activity. Air quality is good in Anchorage and throughout southern Alaska, although some haze may persist.
North (Fairbanks, Upper Yukon Valley, Denali National Park)
Lightning activity has been high in the Upper Yukon Valley, where fire behavior is expected to remain active with relatively warm, dry conditions. Light rain or cloud cover combined with cooler temperatures have moderated fire activity in the East Central Zone. It should be noted that drought conditions are still prevalent, even in the areas that are receiving a little moisture, and flammable vegetation can still dry out quickly.
Air quality in Fairbanks and North Pole should be good to moderate today, but smoke from nearby fires will move into this area overnight, producing moderate to “USG” conditions. (“USG” is a designation indicating that “unusually sensitive people” should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.) Good to moderate air quality is expected at Denali NP for most of the day as airflow generally keeps smoke away from the Park. In the Yukon Flats, air quality will be worst this morning, improving throughout the day. Smoke will settle in again and negatively impact air quality overnight in this area. Southeasterly winds will push smoke over northwestern Alaska and over the Brooks Range to the North Slope.
Individuals sensitive to smoke should moderate or avoid outdoor exertion, depending upon conditions. If you begin to notice health effects from smoke, you should follow the “actions to protect yourself” listed below.
South (Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Copper River, Juneau)
Swan Lake Fire is approximately 102,229 acres in size with 72% of the planned objectives accomplished. Fire activity is expected to remain calm, however conditions for burning will be better than yesterday.
Continued relief form smoke impacts is expected. Haze or moderate air quality possible, but not likely.
Copper River and Juneau
No smoke impact is expected in the Copper River Area, or Juneau.
A listing of activity for specific fires is available at: https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ then AICC Situation Report.