The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has issued an air quality advisory for Palmer and surrounding areas as windy conditions continue in the Valley.

The advisory went into effect at 9 a.m. Monday and will last until the wind and dust subsides.

“Due to increasing winds and dry conditions, the air quality in Palmer and surrounding areas is unhealthy to hazardous,” borough officials said in a statement.

Information on the advisory can be found by calling the Air Quality Alert System at 907-352-3878 or the Mat-Su Borough Planning Division at 907-861-7833.

High winds, reaching more than 70 mph, have caused power outages as trees and utility poles are knocked down. One such incident sparked the King Fire near Sutton Monday afternoon, not far from the Moose Creek Fire, which was started by an escaped debris burn on Saturday. As the dry, windy conditions persist, Alaskans throughout Southcentral and the Interior are asked to avoid any outside burning and double-check any recent burns for embers that could start another fire.

“Be aware that these conditions increase the chances for any fires or burn piles to escape containment,” the National Weather Service in Alaska said in a statement.

Alaskans who’ve had recent controlled burns are asked to check for embers, which could be blown away and cause a fire.

Wind gusts near 50 mph are expected overnight, but the wind will gradually weaken Tuesday with calmer winds by mid-week, according to the KTVA Weather Team.

KTVA 11 Meteorologist Melissa Frey will provide continuous coverage of weather conditions in Alaska. Tune in during the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts for the latest.

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