Smoke was so thick Thursday morning, it was hard to breathe for many in Anchorage. The smell filled the air and seeped into buildings because the lack of wind let it settle in the early hours of the day. 

The lack of wind Thursday morning allowed smoke from the growing Swan Lake wildfire to settle into the Anchorage bowl. While the lack of wind might be a good thing for fighting the fire, that is not the case when it comes to air quality. As smoke from the wildfire settles and we can smell it, our air quality drops to unhealthy levels. Those with respiratory problems should take the proper precautions. 

Aside from the smoke, Thursday will be a warm and sunny day. As wind picks up throughout the day, the smoke should start to clear. Under clear skies we will climb into the upper 70s. A hot, sunny, smoky day for much of Southcentral.

Friday will be rather similar. Light wind in the morning will allow smoke to settle in once again. Then, daytime clearing will allow temperatures to climb to near 80 degrees once again. Like Thursday, the hot, sunny afternoon will make sweat feel gritty because of the wildfire and the particulates in the air. 

This weekend is looking hot and dry in the forecast. Smoke will remain a concern as the weather pattern favors more fire growth. Travel will be difficult along the Kenai peninsula from low visibility and road regulation around the fire. So keep that in mind as you make your weekend plans. 

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Follow burn bans and be safe with campfires.
-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo