Southcentral Alaska smoke outlook for Aug. 22: Air quality advisory issued for Susitna Valley, Kenai Peninsula

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Friday afternoon for the Susitna Valley and Kenai Peninsula.

Southcentral Alaska is being impacted by the smoke from multiple wildfires in the surrounding area. A listing of activity for specific fires is available at: https://fire.ak.blm.gov/

Here is the smoke forecast for Southcentral Alaska today:

Susitna Valley: Smoke in the valley that settled overnight  will lift in the morning and improve air quality. May start to see smoke increase a bit in the afternoon with winds shifting to the north. The overnight inversion will again cause smoke to settle in the valley.

Anchorage Area: Improved air quality today but with continued haze. Late tonight into tomorrow decreasing air quality as smoke settles into the valleys and southerly winds move Swan Lake smoke north.  Kenai Peninsula communities closest to the Swan Lake Fire will continue to see most impacts, especially Cooper Landing. However eastern side down to Seward should see some improvements as smoke is pushed to the west. Sterling, Soldotna and Kenai to south Homer will see the most smoke today with decreasing air quality. Expect smoke to move out to the east tomorrow with another wind shift.

If you begin to notice health effects from smoke, you are encouraged to follow the “actions to protect yourself” listed below:

 

Go to Southcentral Smoke Forecast for 8-22-19 for a downloadable PDF version of the Southcentral smoke forecast.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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