Air quality alert in effect for North Pole

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The first air quality alert for the North Pole area is still in effect, according to the Associated Press. The notice from the state Department of Environmental Conservation states that air quality in the North Pole area will be 'moderate', with periods being "unhealthy for sensitive groups" Wednesday through Friday afternoon. The department defines sensitive groups as children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease. The alert notes that the area will be "poor to very poor for dispersion" of fine particulate pollution.

Voters in the October 2 election took the alert duty away from the Fairbanks North Star Borough.