Smoke Causes Dangerous Driving Conditions on Dalton Highway

Heavy smoke along the Dalton Highway is reducing visibility and summer tourist traffic is increasing. Please slow down and exercise extreme caution in smoky areas. Be aware that road shoulders are narrow and that pulling off to take photos is very risky at best. With continued firefighting activity in the area, 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 with point protection on the Douglas and Curky fires wherever they approach the Alaska pipeline or other values. The Curky Fire 318 is now 12,971 acres and the Douglas Fire 336 is 12,110 acres. There is no change in size of the Fish Fire 319 (213 acres) or the Snowden Fire 330 (65 acres).

Red flag warnings are in effect in the interior of the state with an increasing chance of thunderstorms today. Temperatures will be in the 80’s and humidity in the 20 percent range. The chance of ignitions and fire spread is becoming increasingly likely as the high-pressure system begins to be pushed east into Canada.

Special Note: Today begins the Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance. This first day is the ninth anniversary of the Graham Mountain Fire tragedy in which the entire Granite Mountain Hotshots crew died (except for one member). Take a minute each day this week to appreciate the sacrifices of all wildland firefighters as they work to protect others’ lives, property, and resources.

Two bear dogs watch out for bears in a forest camp by a tent and firefighting truck.
During Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Week, we honor firefighters lost while protecting others’ lives, property, and our wildland resources. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Considine-Cortelyou)

Categories: AK Fire Info

Tags: , , ,

%d bloggers like this: