Yukon wildfires are blamed for the hazy conditions and the orange sunrise on Monday.
Kimberly Vaughan of the National Weather Service office in Juneau said that northerly winds should bring down the smoke from Carmacks area fires into the Juneau area through Wednesday. There may be a thinning of the smoke in the Juneau area as the plume shifts and heads more southwest.
Yukon Wildland Fire Management reports a total of 86 fires burning in the territory with two new fires reported in the Mayo District.
British Columbia Wildfire Management reports that they are currently responding to or monitoring six fires in the province. The largest, nearest fire to Southeast Alaska is the 600-acre blaze burning southwest of Mount Edziza Park.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, were met by a large crowd, music and dancing in Carcross this week. They event was part of a larger tour around the Yukon after traveling through British Columbia. The visit focused on First Nations issues and culture.
- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House. Last year, Central Council officials had hoped it would open this summer. Now, they’re shooting for 2018, after the Juneau Assembly approved a 1.2-acre land lease making it possible Monday evening.
- William Quayle, Jr. is running for the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat. The municipal election is Oct. 4.
- Winds of that speed can uproot trees, knock branches down and damage property, including vessels and aircraft moored and tied down outdoors.