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Warning issued: Fairbanks region air quality unhealthy through Saturday

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 6:31 pm | Updated: 8:27 am, Sat Dec 28, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Cold air and temperature inversions are expected to keep the air quality poor in the region until at least Saturday afternoon, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC released an air quality advisory for Fairbanks, North Pole and the surrounding areas Thursday afternoon. Air quality in the Fairbanks area is listed as unhealthy, the third-worst air quality category behind very unhealthy and hazardous.

The department cautions that "people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion."

The air quality in the Fairbanks area has been unhealthy since Christmas Eve, according to the DEC.

Residents can get updated air quality information from the Fairbanks North Star Borough website at http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality.

The area experienced its first 40 below temperature of the winter Thursday due in part to a significant temperature inversion.

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.

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