Smoke Is Expected to Create Unhealth Air Conditions During Morning Ours
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Smoke from the Stuart Creek 2 Fire is expected to again produce unhealthy air quality conditons for sensitive groups in the Fairbank, North Pole and Pleasant Valley Areas. Conditions are expected to improve as fire activity increases and the inversion layer over the fire is broken. Areas up wind of the fire including Pleasant Valley and Two Rivers may experience unhealthy air quality through the day.
People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should limit prolonged exertion. Forest fire smoke has moved into the Fairbanks area from the Stuart Creek fire. The smoke and local air quality will be highly variable, with dense smoke currently in the area. The FNSB is forecasting air quality to vary between “Moderate” and “Unhealthy”, and to improve by Sunday. Please be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire may experience ‘Unhealthy’ to ‘Hazardous’ Air Quality conditions. In order to more acurately judge the particulate from smoke in your immediate area, please use the “Judging Particulate Levels” chart found on the FNSB Air Quality website http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/ . Note that Air Quality readings are from monitoring stations in Fairbanks and North Pole, and may not be representative in your area. If you are sensitive to respiratory problems and experience any effects, please follow the instructions of your physician. The next update to this forecast will be at 4:30pm Monday, unless conditions change significantly before then.