Smoke Outlook for 8/28 – 8/29

Smoke Outlook for 8/28 – 8/29

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

Fire
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/, AICC Situation Report.

Smoke
Susitna Valley: A wind shift to the south will slowly bring smoke north today into tomorrow. An overnight inversion tonight may keep surface smoke in low lying areas until late morning Thursday.

Anchorage Area: Expect smoke to increase today as Swan Lake smoke is pushed north. Smoke will settle into the area overnight into Thursday morning.

Kenai Peninsula: A wind shift to the southeast will move dense smoke to the western side of the Peninsula impacting Homer north to Kenai, Soldotna, Nikski and Sterling. Cooper Landing will continue to be impacted as smoke lingers along the Kenai River. Overnight tonight into the early morning tomorrow are expected to be the worst. Seward should start to
see improvement with the wind shift as the day progresses.

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

Air Quality Index (AQI): Actions to Protect Yourself
Good
: None
Moderate: Unusually sensitive individuals should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion.
USG: People within Sensitive Groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Unhealthy: People within Sensitive Groups should avoid all physical outdoor activity.
Very Unhealthy: Everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Hazardous: Everyone should avoid any outdoor activity.

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