Smoke Outlook 8/2-3: Continuing improving conditions, except for Upper Yukon Valley

As weather continues to moderate fire behavior, air quality continues to improve across most of Alaska. Upper Yukon Valley remains a trouble spot due to reduced precipitation patterns.

North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon)

Map shows multiple active fires in Interior Alaska and shows that air quality is good in Fairbanks and North Pole, but moderate in Fort Yukon.


Drought conditions persist across the Central Interior, despite recent precipitation. Light rain is moving across the Tanana Valley this morning, so anticipate the fires around Tanana to be less active than yesterday. Little rainfall was recorded over the Upper Yukon Valley yesterday, so these fires may become active once again today, until rains move into the area later this afternoon and evening.


Expect air quality to be good in Fairbanks and North Pole today, along with Denali National Park. Expect a mix of air quality conditions from moderate to USG, and possibly unhealthy for short periods of time for Fort Yukon and Chalkyitsik in the Upper Yukon today and tonight.

Chart showing that for Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3, air quality is expected to be good in Fairbanks and North Pole, but moderate in Fort Yukon on Friday the 2nd.
Chart with Actions to Protect Yourself from poor air quality, depending upon your sensitivity to smoke.

South (Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Cooper Landing)


Fire activity is minimal in the Swan Lake Fire area, due to precipitation received earlier this week. It should be noted that drought conditions are still high in parts of the Kenai Peninsula and the Mat-Su Valley, and with continued warm, dry weather, fire activity could pick up. With the recent dry weather the Tokaina 2 fire has picked up in activity the past couple of days.

Map shows two fires burning, but good air quality for all communities in Southcentral Alaska.


There are no expected smoke impacts in the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su Valley areas from the Swan Lake Fire or from fires to the north.

Copper River and Juneau

Models show that areas of light smoke from fires in Canada will continue across Southeast Alaska, from Juneau to Ketchikan, for the next couple of days. Overall, air quality should be good with occasional periods of moderate conditions across Southeast. Copper River Basin and Prince William Sound, including Cordova may also be impacted by light smoke today, as the Tokaina 2 Fire continues to be active

A listing of activity for specific fires is available at: then AICC Situation Report.

Categories: AK Fire Info

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