By Wednesday, air quality monitors in Anchorage had not raised concern about fine particulate matter, though PM2.5 levels had worsened slightly over the past few days.
The most noteworthy item that wasn’t included in the budget was the more than $800 million that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said Alaskans are owed in permanent fund dividends.
Officials say some area pilots aren’t abiding by the temporary flight restriction over the fire, and that could have major consequences.
Suppression efforts are focused on the southern section of the fire to protect nearby communities. Fire crews have 50% of that portion of the fire contained.
Anecdotal reports attribute this week’s poor air quality to respiratory problems and canceled hiking tours, though a Bartlett Regional Hospital official says activity there hasn’t been out of the ordinary.
The Campbell Park Fire was first reported Tuesday afternoon and quickly grew to 15 acres, causing a small evacuation effort. By about 8 p.m, an Anchorage official said crews were confident they had the fire largely under control.
The fire has been burning since early June in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This past weekend, winds spread the fire to within 2 miles of the Sterling Highway.
The forest fires raging in the Columbia River Gorge are unlikely to disturb adult coho salmon, right now. But Northwest tribal fishers are worried about what will happen in the fall.
A 20-square-mile blaze burned the historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park last week. In California’s Sierra National Forest, an ancient grove of sequoias was scorched, but the trees survived.
Facing rampant fires in the western province, Canadian officials have called for help from the military and even Australian firefighters. And authorities only expect the situation to worsen.