North Pole has first Stage 1 air quality alert of the winter

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Residents in North Pole experienced their first burning curtailment due to poor air quality this week. From Monday, November 4th to Tuesday November 5th, there was a Stage 1 air quality alert.

The Alaska Department of Conservation is reminding residents that they are accepting applications for those who need a waiver to be able to burn wood during curtailment periods. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)

The Alaska Department of Conservation is reminding residents that they are accepting applications for those who need a waiver to be able to burn wood during curtailment periods.

There are two types of waivers: Stage 1 and no other adequate source of heat or NOASH waivers. Steven Hoke with the ADEC says Stage 1 waivers are for those who have clean burning devices that want to burn or supplement their heat.

Hoke says there are a few changes to the waiver applications this year.
"Included in our waiver packet is a rationale defining why you need the waiver -- that's for the NOASH. Both the NOASH and the stage 1 waiver include maintenance affidavits for the chimney and the catalyst," said Hoke.

Waiver applications can be found on DEC's website: control measure requirements page..

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