Air quality drops in Fairbanks, North Pole

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks' municipal government is asking people to voluntarily halt wood burning after air quality in the area dropped below federal standards.

The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports this week's drop in air quality was the first time since the summer wild fires that air pollution has worsened.

Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality technician Jim McCorkmick says pollution monitors show North Pole is being hit the hardest.

The drop in air quality happens when a layer of warm air sits on top of cold air, trapping pollution close to the surface. It's known as temperature inversion.

McCormick says the area is at mercy of Mother Nature and that's why they're asking people to cut back on wood burning.

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