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Municipality issues air quality advisory

By Hope Miller 3:38 PM February 5, 2014

Concentrations of dust will likely be highest along major roadways, particularly during and following high-traffic hours.

ANCHORAGE – An air quality advisory was issued Wednesday for Anchorage and Eagle River due to concentrations of airborne particulate that have reached unhealthy levels, health officials said.

Exposed sediment and traction material in parking lots and on roads can become airborne from traffic during cold, dry weather, according to a statement from Jennifer Ruggles with the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services.

Dusty conditions may continue while current weather patterns persist, Ruggles said. Concentrations of dust will likely be highest along major roadways, particularly during and following high-traffic hours.

People with heart and lung ailments — such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis — are advised to avoid the dusty areas surrounding high-traffic areas, Ruggles said, adding that those with severe lung disease should not venture outside.

Cold, dry conditions are forecast for the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

This advisory comes after a fire warning was issued for the Matanuska Valley and western sections of the Kenai Peninsula, prompted by high winds and low humidity. An air quality advisory was issued for the Matanuska Valley Tuesday.

For Municipality of Anchorage air quality updates, you can call 343-4899. Click here for more information.

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