The Anchorage Health Department (AHD) is issuing an Air Quality Health Advisory for June 28 –30, 2019 notifying the public that wildfire smoke in the Municipality of Anchorage has reached concentrations considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Smoky conditions are variable, from location to location and hour to hour. As of 07:00 on Friday, June 28th the concentration of ultra-fine particles from the smoke reached a concentration considered unhealthy for the general population.
Air pollutants have a greater adverse effect on children, the elderly and individuals with health heart or lung ailments. Those who are especially sensitive to air pollution are advised to remain indoors whenever concentrations are forecast to reach or exceed levels considered unhealthy for sensitive groups (i.e. an AQI value exceeding 100). People are cautioned against conducting strenuous exercise and exertion outdoors while this health advisory is in effect. Please contact your health care provider if you have concerns.
Near real-time air quality conditions, which update at the top of each hour are available via the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation air monitoring stations report available at: http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Aq/
The Anchorage Health Department will continue to monitor and report conditions while there remains a likelihood of potentially unhealthful air quality conditions. The current air quality forecast can be obtained by calling the air quality hotline at 343-4899 or by visiting www.muni.org/air.