If the summer solstice sunset seemed especially striking, it may be due to the smoke that’s settled over Southeast Alaska from neighboring wildfires.
How near are the neighboring wildfires?
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Jonathan Garner, confirmed the smoke moved in from the north or northwest. According to the Associated Press, as of Sunday morning, Alaska had 394 wildfires, including 146 active, covering 278 square miles.
“The airflow aloft is kind of coming out of the north, northwest, and the smoke is embedded with that,” Garner said.