Juneau, AK (KINY) - As the temperatures drop with the coming of winter, those in the Mendenhall Valley using wood stoves should know there may come a time they are prohibited to use.
Between Oct. 1 and April 30, the Lands & Resources Division runs the CBJ Air Quality Monitoring Programs to ensure the air in the valley remains clean and healthy. If there are too many fine particles detected and its not being cleared by the weather patterns, CBJ may declare what is called an air emergency.
During an air emergency, wood stoves are prohibited. Pellet stoves are exempt, as well as masonry heaters so long as they follow the definition given by the Masonry Heater Association of North America.
If an air emergency is declared, the news will be spread in many ways including radio, road signs, online posts, a hotline, or via an opt-in text notification system. The text alerts are the newest method.
CBJ recommends that the public use multiple methods to determine an air emergency. To sign up for the text alerts, click here.
More from News of the North
Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for re-election with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy.
Begich and Dunleavy refer to Walker decision in AFN debate
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Walker made his surprise announcement just before a gubernatorial debate at the Alaska Federation of Natives in which he was originally scheduled to participate.
Governor Walker suspends campaign
Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Gov. Bill Walker said Alaskans deserved a competitive race and Mark Begich had the best chance of competing with Republican Mike Dunleavy.
New Juneau Assembly set for busy Monday
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The new Juneau Assembly conducts several meetings Monday.
Alaska salmon stakeholders divided on ballot initiative
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska salmon stakeholders are split on a ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law protecting salmon habitat.
Three arrests made in Ketchikan in separate cases
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A stolen vehicle case in Ketchikan over the weekend resulted in the arrest of a 36 year old man.
Road rage driver avoids jail time for pointing BB gun
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman who menaced a family with a BB gun during a road rage incident will avoid jail time.
Healy returns from Arctic mission
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, one of two U. S. icebreakers, has completed its second mission as part of its Arctic West Summer 2018 deployment.
Military convoys plan return trips to Alaska bases
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The highway between Delta Junction and Fairbanks will begin to see heavy traffic Tuesday.
Jones claims victory in PolioPlus run and walk event
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The winner in the Rotary PolioPlus Fun Run and Walk in Juneau Saturday traversed the 5k course in 20 minutes and 23 seconds.
Unsealed report alleges police mishandled drug investigation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An unsealed report indicates Anchorage police mishandled an investigation into drug dealing by recruiters with the Alaska National Guard.
Bering Sea village will be first counted in 2020 US Census
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first people to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census live in a Yupik village on the Bering Sea in southwest Alaska.