The Air Quality Index for fine particulate pollution reached as high as 189 Monday, which is in the unhealthy range. Anchorage’s Environmental Health Services department didn’t anticipate levels higher than that in the next few days, but the level will fluctuate.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough government plans to meet with residents Thursday to report the state of their property and if their homes are still standing.
Firefighters are reporting good progress on the Sockeye Fire near Willow, according to Public Information Officer Ada Takasc at the incident command post.
The Card Street Fire has burned 11 structures and had spread to 3,000 acres, according to Terry Anderson of the Division of Forestry.
So far this year, about 78,000 acres have burned in 280 fires in Alaska – lower than normal.