Anecdotal reports attribute this week’s poor air quality to respiratory problems and canceled hiking tours, though a Bartlett Regional Hospital official says activity there hasn’t been out of the ordinary.
Juneau’s air quality in recent days has wafted between the EPA’s orange and red benchmarks. The city is discouraging outdoor aerobic activity until the air quality improves.
An air quality monitor reported a spike in harmful fine particulate matter in the Mendenhall Valley around 1 a.m. Saturday.
The state’s threshold for unsafe air begins at 35 micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter. Tuesday night, it peaked near 80 micrograms.
For residents of the Mendenhall Valley, that means wood stove burning is banned until the alert is lifted.