Smoke advisory for Anchorage hillside due to Kenai Peninsula wildfire
People in south Anchorage should expect to see and smell smoke Friday evening through Saturday morning. The smoke is being blown north from the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the Kenai Peninsula, about 12 miles northeast of Sterling, according to a press release sent Friday by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The Anchorage Fire Department says it hasn't seen any active fire in south Anchorage and has crews driving around to double-check, according to an on-call public information officer with AFD.
AFD is asking people to not call 911 unless they see an active fire.
The Swan Lake Fire was caused by lightning and grew to 471 acres by 5:30 pm Friday, according to BLM. It is burning in a stringer of black spruce trees and is being monitored by refuge and Alaska Division of Forestry officials.
People in Anchorage can expect the smoke to continue to drift north until the early morning hours on Saturday.
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