Smoke Outlook 8/3-4: Still a bit smoky in Upper Yukon; rest of Interior Alaska clearing

Smoke impacts in the Upper Yukon Valley continue, but throughout the rest of Interior Alaska, precipitation and moderating temperatures have helped knock down fire activity and clear the air.

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.

Fire

Drought conditions persist across the Central Interior, but the rain over the past 24 hours will mean the fires will be less active today and Sunday.

Smoke

Expect air quality to be good in Fairbanks and North Pole today, along with Denali National Park. There could still be some smoke production from the Chalkyitsik and Cornucopia complexes, that may reduce air quality to moderate at Fort Yukon and Chalkyitsik in the Upper Yukon today and tonight.

Chart showing that for Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, air quality is expected to be good in Fairbanks and North Pole, but moderate in Fort Yukon on Saturday the 3rd.
Chart with Actions to Protect Yourself from poor air quality, depending upon your sensitivity to smoke.

South (Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Cooper Landing)

Fire

Fire activity continues to be 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 few days.

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

Smoke

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 SE 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.

Other
A listing of activity for specific fires is available at: https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ then AICC Situation Report.

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