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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/24-7/25: Rain moving northward is helping disperse smoke

Widespread rain in southern Alaska brought relief from smoky conditions and is moving northward. With the rainfall, the smoke is dispersing to the north, but smoke will settle in again overnight across northern Alaska. By tomorrow, smoke in the north is expected to cross the Brooks Range onto the North Slope. Conditions remain dry and […]

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Smoke outlook for 7/23 – 7/24: unhealthy air in some areas as smoke returns across Alaska

Heavier smoke returns to the Upper Yukon Valley and will primarily be moving south and west today, both from the large complex fires, as well as from the fires closer to Fairbanks and Denali. Some local areas will experience unhealthy conditions, especially in the mornings, including including Rampart, Fort Yukon, and parts of Denali National […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/20 – 7/21: Weather moderating in many areas, diminished levels of smoke anticipated

Temperature is moderating in many areas of Alaska including the Upper Yukon Zone. Wind gusts up to 30 mph in the Upper Yukon Zone is expected for today and will have an impact to fire activity. Smoke is forecasted to be in the unhealthy range once again, and residents are advised to take any steps […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/18 – 7/19: Smoke moving back into Southcentral communities

As activity at the Swan Lake Fire picks up, wind patterns are once again expected to push smoke into Cooper Landing and Sterling communities, typically during morning and evening times. Forecasters are calling for higher temps to begin making its way into Southcentral, with fire behavior and associated smoke levels also increasing relative to the […]

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Photo of a smoke column on the northeast side of the Swan Lake Fire as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019. Photo by Casey Lasota/Alaska Division of Forestry.

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on Swan Lake Fire

A reconnaissance flight Tuesday afternoon of the Swan Lake Fire showed an estimated overall two day increase of just under 3,000 acres, with the vast majority of growth to the north and northeast. The fire is now estimated at 15,648 acres and there are 169 personnel assigned to the fire, according to the Alaska Division […]

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Swan Lake Fire transitions to Type 2 incident management team; crews continue prep work

Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was moderated by the cloud cover n Monday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. The fire area remains at an estimated 12,782 acres according to […]

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Reconnaissance Flight Confirms Work on Swan Lake Fire

As expected, the cloudy day yesterday allowed firefighters on the 12,782-acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further strengthened and widened as crews strategically tied work with the existing pipeline right-of-way clearing.   The local Yukon Fire crew has joined the three other crews in this […]

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Cooler, wetter conditions produce minimal growth on Swan Lake Fire

Firefighters benefitted from cooler, wetter weather on Saturday where the Swan Lake Fire is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The moderating weather resulted in minimal fire growth, with the latest size estimate of 12,782 acres, an increase of only about 200 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Crews made progress improving […]

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Warm, dry weather pushes Swan Lake Fire to more than 12,500 acres

The Swan Lake Fire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge grew in size Friday, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading south and west toward the Sterling Highway. As of Friday night, the fire was estimated at 12,564 acres, an increase of more than 4,000 acres, according to th Alaska Divsion of Forestry. […]

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