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 pilot has not been identified. The Coast Guard says initial reports are that the pilot is responsive, but has chest pains.
- Sealaska just released its 2015 annual report, which illustrates its financial ups and downs. They affect more than 22,000 shareholders, who receive dividends twice a year.
- Juneau Bar Association asks Gov. Walker to consider geographic diversity before making his selection.
- Many of Alaska’s rural schools are not working. Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it’s time for radical changes.