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KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about wildfire smoke in the atmosphere.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Wildfire smoke is impacting air quality in many areas of the state, with some of the worst conditions in the Interior, including at North Pole. The community is known for severe wintertime fine particulate pollution from wood and coal stove and boiler emissions, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, this week’s wildfire smoke has been far worse.

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KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about the hot and smoky summer of 2004.

Dan Bross / KUAC

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about how wild fires can affect local weather.

Alaska Fire Service/Mike McMillan

The federal-government shutdown has entered its 13th day, and the Alaska Fire Service like numerous other federal agencies has run out of money and furloughed all but essential employees. And although wildfires are unlikely to bust out anytime soon, the shutdown is hampering the firefighting agency's planning and preparation for the coming fire season.


Alaska Division of Forestry

A shift in winds has moved the wildfire smoke that blanketed Fairbanks Thursday, but National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg says it may yet drift back into town over the weekend.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Updated: State Forestry officials said this morning that the 100-Mile Creek Fire is now 50 percent contained.

State and federal fire officials say they think they’ve got a handle on the 100-Mile Creek fire, burning mainly on military training land west of Delta Junction. But the officials say they won’t know for certain until they see how their fire lines hold up after high winds blow through the area later today.


A massive, wind-whipped wildfire on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is still growing. As of last night, the Funny River Fire had grown to more than 182,000 acres. Officials report difficulty accessing the blaze.

Fire managers are hoping rains forecast today and tomorrow will help crews gain a handle on the fire.

Wildfire Brings Parks Highway Traffic to a Standstill

Jun 27, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - More than 500 acres of land are on fire roughly 20 miles west of Fairbanks along the George Parks Highway.  The Skinny’s Road Fire, as it’s known, jumped a containment line overnight Wednesday and prompted an overnight closure of the Parks Highway between mileposts 317 and 344.

A group has formed to fight against a proposition on next month’s Fairbanks municipal election ballot. Prop 3 would strip all North Star Borough authority to regulate heating appliances, like wood stoves, leaving air quality control up to the state and federal government. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.