Hazy skies result of Interior fires

May improve after a few days, experts say depends on wind-flow

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

According to forecasters, the haze obscuring our otherwise clear skies is the result of forest fires burning in Interior Alaska.

"The wind that we're getting right now is blowing it from there right into our area," said Edward Leske, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Juneau.

Leske said the haze might get better after a few days but it depends on the wind direction and wind-flow patterns. Wind coming from the Interior and even from the Yukon will bring the smoke and haze to Juneau.

At last count, there were 70 active fires spread throughout Interior Alaska. The largest fire is in Minto Flats South, located 13 miles northwest of Nenana. That fire had consumed 125,000 acres and threatened 70 structures and outbuildings as of Wednesday.

Thick smoke and haze led the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services to declare a health advisory.

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