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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 12:13 am | Updated: 12:08 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Several days of bad air pollution in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas have prompted the state and Fairbanks North Star Borough to call on residents to help clean up the air.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued an air advisory warning and a news release Thursday describing the current conditions as “more severe than those seen in recent winters in the FNSB.” North Pole is under a “very unhealthy” air advisory warning, and Fairbanks air is rated as “unhealthy.”

The release goes on to encourage residents to help reduce the air pollution, if they can afford to. Here are the suggestions:

• Heat with oil, natural gas or propane if available and if you can afford to do so.

• Burn dry, seasoned wood to ensure no black smoke or little visible emissions come out of the stack.

• Use indoor air filters to prevent unhealthy air pollution from traveling indoors.

• Adhere to the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s open burn ban.

The news release states the air conditions are expected to linger until at least early next weekend.

The borough held a community outreach meeting Thursday night in North Pole to encourage homeowners to help clean up the air.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 or follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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