FAIRBANKS - Thick wildfire smoke forced a Wasilla pilot to make an emergency landing Friday on the Dalton Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Jeremy D. Rogers, 28, successfully landed his 1958 Cessna 180 near Dall Creek at 90 Mile Dalton Highway while traveling from Nenana to Coldfoot. A trooper dispatch stated that smoke caused the emergency landing, but additional details were unavailable Sunday.

The area has been clouded by heavy wildfire smoke for much of the summer, most notably from fires near Tanana that have burned nearly half a million acres.

Rogers and four passengers were uninjured in the landing. The Cessna sustained minor damage following the landing when the plane was being moved from the roadway to a pullout along the road, troopers stated.

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