DEC issues air quality advisory due to Swan Lake fire

The Swan Lake Fire burns north of Sterling.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Smoke from the Swan Lake fire is causing air quality to fluctuate between good and unhealthy conditions, depending on the wind flow and proximity to the fire.

Smoke from the wildfire spreading throughout the northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula is specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski.

The cautionary statements associated with unhealthy air quality include people with respiratory or heart conditions, the elderly and children limiting prolonged exposure.

Areas downwind of the fire could experience hazardous levels of smoke. Those conditions will be at their peak during the early morning hours and overnight.

The DEC advises the public to check forecasts frequently and be aware smoke intensity will vary depending on the location and wind flow.

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