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Summer 2015 Alaska Wildfire Thread
« on: June 28, 2015, 03:21:05 PM »
It has now gotten so bad that air quality in Fairbanks has reached dangerous levels:

Issued by The National Weather Service
Fairbanks, AK
Fri, Jun 26, 5:21 pm AKDT
... AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM AKDT MONDAY...
THE FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH AIR QUALITY DIVISION HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ALERT... IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM AKDT MONDAY.
THE FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH AIR QUALITY IS CURRENTLY CLASSIFIED AS UNHEALTHY AND EXCEEDS THE EPA HEALTH LIMIT FOR FINE PARTICULATE POLLUTION. PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY OR HEART DISEASE... THE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN SHOULD AVOID PROLONGED EXERTION; EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED EXERTION.
FOREST FIRE SMOKE AND LOCAL AIR QUALITY CONTINUES TO REMAIN HIGHLY VARIABLE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS FORECAST HIGHER HUMIDITY AND RAIN SHOWERS OVER THE WEEKEND... WHICH WILL HELP TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY... BUT WILL NOT COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE SMOKE. SO THE FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH IS FORECASTING AIR QUALITY TO VARY FROM UNHEALTHY TO MODERATE AS SMOKE MIXED WITH RAIN SHOWERS MOVES THROUGH THE AREA. IN ORDER TO MORE ACCURATELY JUDGE THE PARTICULATES FROM SMOKE IN YOUR IMMEDIATE AREA... PLEASE USE THE JUDGING PARTICULATE LEVELS CHART FOUND ON THE FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH AIR QUALITY WEBSITE.
NOTE THAT AIR QUALITY READINGS ARE FROM MONITORING STATIONS IN FAIRBANKS AND NORTH POLE AND MAY NOT BE REPRESENTATIVE IN YOUR AREA. PARTICULATE CONCENTRATIONS WILL BE HIGHER IN THE COOLER OVERNIGHT HOURS... AND WILL VARY WITH WIND DIRECTION AND PROXIMITY TO A FIRE. IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND EXPERIENCE ANY EFFECTS PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR PHYSICIAN.



Above: Smoke has also moved to North parts of the state, as seen on this TERRA image taken from NASA web site (Scroll bar is at bottom of image).


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