There are several ways to find out what the air quality forecast is, and whether or not any air alerts are in effect:
During the winter months (October 1st - March 31st), whenever we are forecast to have poor air quality, the Borough’s air quality division may call a stage 1 or stage 2 alert, which affects those that heat with solid fuel (e.g. cord wood, pellets or coal) in the Air Quality Control Zone, which is divided into a Fairbanks and a North Pole area (click here to view the map).
Stage 1 Alert -- Burning is ONLY permitted if a person has a Stage 1 Waiver or a No Other Adequate Source of Heat (NOASH) Waiver. Waivers will only be granted for Borough listed solid fuel burning appliances (e.g. EPA certified wood and pellet stoves with emissions rating of 2.5 g/hr or less, EPA certified hydronic heaters with an emission rating of 0.10 lbs/million btu or less, masonry heaters, cook stoves, and fireplaces). Called when the concentration of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exceeds or is forecast to exceed 25 micrograms/m3.
Stage 2 Alert -- All burning of solid fuel (e.g. cord wood, pellets, coal) is prohibited. No fuel source may be added to the combustion chamber or firebox of any solid fuel burning appliance or waste/used oil burning appliance. Called when the concentration of PM2.5 exceeds or is forecast to exceed 35 micrograms/m3. These restrictions
DO NOT apply during a power failure, and the Borough offers a waiver for those who are unable to comply and meet certain criteria.
Click here for more information on the waivers.
For more information visit the Air Quality website at
AQFairbanks.com or call our office at (907) 459-1005.
On August 28th, the Assembly adopted FNSB ordinance 2016-37 (fnsb.us/assembly/OrdinanceResolutions/2016-37.pdf) making a slight change to "No Other Adequate Source of Heat Affidavit." Now, only buildings constructed on or before December 31,2016, may apply for a waiver.
Between October and March each year, buildings within the Borough's Air Quality Control Zone are subject to restrictions on wood burning during air quality alerts. In order to be exempted from the restrictions, the building owner (or other person with a property or managerial interest in the building) must submit a “No Other Adequate Source of Heat” Affidavit to the FNSB Air Quality Division.
Download the affidavit here:
NOASH affidavit 8-1-16.pdf
REMINDER: Affidavits expire after 1 year, so anyone that has previously submitted one will need to reapply.
For more specific questions please contact the FNSB Air Quality office at 459-1005 or email us at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: This form MUST be notarized before it will be processed. There is a notary available in the FNSB Air Quality office for your convenience.
The Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC) will hold a meeting Tuesday, August 9th, in the Assembly Chambers at JHAC, located at 809 Pioneer Road, at 6:00pm. See the agenda at www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/Boards/Pages/Air-Pollution-Control-Commission.aspx for more details. See you there!
new application packet for the Borough's Wood Stove Change Out Program is now
available. Check out fnsb.us/transportation/Pages/Change-Out-Program.aspx
for more details.
All seasonal special purpose (ie non-regulatory) air quality monitors will be offline starting this Friday, April 1st in accordance with the State of Alaska's Air Quality monitoring plan.
Do you burn wood to heat your home? Interested in learning about collecting your own firewood? Join us Feb 20th at the North Pole Public Library from 12-4pm for the Firewood Workshop presented by UAF Cooperative Extension and the Yukon River Chapter, Society of American Foresters. We will also be there with an information booth. See you there!
The Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC) will hold a meeting Tuesday, February 9th, in the Borough Assembly Chambers at the
Juanita Helms Administration Center, located at 809 Pioneer Rd, at 6:00pm. See the agenda for more details. See you there!
Click here for the APCC Agenda for 2/9/16
For all APCC info visit the Boards & Commissions page at:
The new application packet for the Borough's Wood Stove Change Out Program is now available. Check out fnsb.us/transportation/Pages/Change-Out-Program.aspx for more details.