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Poor air quality forecast for Fairbanks, North Pole

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:39 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Cold, still air has settled in the North Pole and Fairbanks areas, bring air quality advisories.

The air quality for North Pole is expected to be unhealthy through Friday, with some improvement during the daytime, according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

The cause of the poor air quality if fine particulate pollution and weather conditions that are preventing dispersion, according to the borough.

People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion, while others should limit exertion.

The air quality in Fairbanks, meanwhile, is rated as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Air quality may vary by neighborhood. Particulate pollution will be more concentrated in neighborhoods where buildings are heating by wood and coal and in parking lots if cars are idling. Pollution will be less concentrated in the hills.

The weather conditions are expected to persist through Friday.

For more information, visit the air quality page of the Fairbanks North Star Borough website (co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality).

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.

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