Alaska Wildfire FAQ
Warm, sunny weather this summer has led to dry conditions, wildfires, and smoke in some areas of Alaska. This information answers the most likely travel-related questions about the wildfires for visitors to Anchorage with plans to travel to other parts of Alaska.
Are the Anchorage airport, hotels, and attractions open?
Yes, the Anchorage airport, local hotels, and attractions are all open and operating normally. For information on whether any tour itineraries you booked have changed, please contact the business with which you have made reservations.
Can I get from place to place in Anchorage?
Yes, travel within the city of Anchorage is not impacted.
What about roads and transit from Anchorage to other locations?
If you plan to travel north or south of Anchorage, check akfireinfo.com for wildfire updates. As of Monday, Sept. 9, the Parks and Sterling Highways are open. As conditions may change, visit the Alaska Department of Transportation’s website for current highway information and the latest information on any possible delays or lane restrictions.
Is the Alaska Railroad running?
The Alaska Railroad has resumed normal operations on all routes. If you have any questions, please contact Alaska Railroad reservations at 800-544-0552.
I have health considerations, should I be concerned about the smoke?
The wildfires have affected Anchorage’s air quality at times. Please refer to air quality indexes to determine whether you should proceed with planned outdoor activities.
How can I help?
Please avoid areas with active wildfires and stay within areas designated as safe. Please take wise fire precautions. Take care with disposing of items that could ignite a fire, such as cigarettes or matches. Please refer to Alaska’s Division of Forestry for areas with burn restrictions and suspensions, and use caution in those areas.
Visit these websites for official updates:
- Alaska Wildland Fire Information
- Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough (for updates north of Anchorage)
- Kenai Peninsula Bureau Office of Emergency Management (for updates south of Anchorage)
- Alaska Wildfire Smoke Prediction
- Air Quality Map by PurpleAir
- Alaska Division of Forestry (for areas with burn restrictions or suspensions)