Siberian wildfires bring smoke to Alaskan interior

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 7:50 PM AKDT
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Smoke from wildfires in Siberia is causing haze in Alaska’s interior.

According to John Cowen, a Forecaster with the National Weather Service, smoke from these wildfires crossed the Bering Sea into Alaska The smoke has worsened the air quality in Fairbanks, but according to Cowen, it hasn’t reached dangerous levels as of yet. “The smoke has dropped visibility in some areas,” he said. Tim Mowry, Public Information Officer with the Department of Forestry, said the haze is stretching as far East as Tok.

"The smoke is up really high in the atmosphere, so you can't smell it down here, but, you know, it's obscuring the hills and obscuring what would be a normally really nice day in Fairbanks, and we haven't had too many of those this year. So it's an unfortunate event where it's sort of happening at the wrong time where we were going to get a couple nice days," Mowry said.

“This could be a recurring event, depending on how the wind’s lined up and the weather systems because they’ve got enough wildfires burning in Siberia that they’re not going to go out any time soon,” he added.

According to Cowen, the smoke is expected to stick around Thursday and Friday. After that, rain on Saturday should alleviate the haze.

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