Smoke Increases Dalton Highway Driving Hazards

Heavy smoke along the Dalton Highway is reducing visibility, while at the same time, traffic from summer tourism and firefighting are increasing. Anyone traveling the highway needs to drive cautiously, especially where wildfires are burning close to the road.  Due to continued firefighting activity in the vicinity, the Arctic Circle Campground will remain closed until further notice.

Crews continue to monitor the Fish Fire 319, Douglas Fire 336, and Curky Fire 318, and suppress parts of the Douglas fire where it nears the Alaska pipeline and other values at risk. There has been no change in size to the Fish Fire 319 (213 acres) or the Snowden Fire 330 (65 acres). The Curky Fire 318 is now 9,590 acres and the Douglas Fire 336 is 10,908.

Yesterday brought scattered showers and a little thunderstorm activity along the Brooks Range and especially through the eastern region. The slight chance of thunderstorms and spotty rain today will substantially increase Thursday, while temperatures increase into the 80’s and humidity drops into the moderately dry range. Red flag warnings are expected on Friday for lightning with little moisture and hot temperatures. The chance of ignitions and fire spread will become very likely over the weekend as this trend continues.

Mountain with fire and heavy smoke on top.
Douglas Fire 336 near the Dalton Highway, June 27, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Lane Wagner)

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