It might not be the day to run a marathon in Southcentral or Interior Alaska. The smoke is thick, and about to get worse.
One family in Anchorage opened all their doors and windows due to the 80-degree heat in the area and their home not having air conditioning. A little while later, their household smoke alarms started to go off and they were contacted by their home security company to see if everything was OK. It was just the smoke coming into the house from the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
From the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, a visitor was not able to see as far as Merrill Field, about 1.6 miles away.
Air quality is poor around much of the state of Alaska. Here are some updates:
CENTRAL/EASTERN INTERIOR: Light winds from the west and south will continue to transport smoke to the east-northeast. The eastern interior will remain warm and dry so fires there should continue to be active.
SOUTHCENTRAL: A shift in weather on Sunday will cause southerly winds which will transport heavy smoke into the Anchorage bowl and southern Mat-Su valley as far north as Willow. The Kenai will see smoke impacts again this morning, particularly along the highway south of the fire and east to Coopers Landing. Late afternoon through the evening southwest winds will push smoke out to the north.