Fairbanks Air Quality Index spikes to 'Hazardous' levels

Fairbanks Airport on Monday evening (Image from DOT webcam)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - In the midst of several fires surrounding Fairbanks, the Air Quality Index (AQI) spiked to the 'Hazardous' level, meaning that "Everyone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors," according to the EPA.

Air Quality Indices around Alaska on Monday evening (Image from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)

The AQI -- calculated based on the highest levels of any of four pollutants based on an EPA formula -- is currently at 344 at the A Street monitoring station in Fairbanks.

PM2.5 concentrations at the A Street monitoring station in over the last week (Data from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)

There are currently several fires burning outside of Fairbanks including the Shovel Creek Fire (11,731 acres), the Nugget Creek Fire (6,936 acres) and the Beaver Fire (4,812 acres).

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