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               2014 Wildfire Smoke Information


May 29, 2014:  There are currently no air quality advisories in effect for Anchorage. For current air quality conditions you can call the Air Quality Hotline at (907) 343-4899. This message line is updated each weekday morning and will be updated more frequently if air quality deteriorates due to wildfire smoke or other pollutants. For online air quality information, see "Air Quality Data for Anchorage" below the photo for links to access and explain the Alaska Air Monitoring Network.

Anchorage DHHS Recommendations on Limiting Exposure to Smoke and Protecting Your Health

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Wildfire Smoke Health & Safety Information

The Air Quality Program is responsible for various air quality projects within the Municipality of Anchorage. To step through the information and services provided by this program, click on the links on this and succeeding pages. For current air quality conditions you can call our Air Quality Hotline at 343-4899.

Air Quality Data for Anchorage

Get the most recent air quality data from stations in Anchorage and Eagle River. Levels given at counting stations (color-coded dots) reflect an 8-hour average concentration at the monitoring site; they are not a snapshot of air quality at current time. If it is your first time visiting the site, click here. If you are familiar with the site, click Alaska Air Monitoring Network for a direct connection. For a glossary of terms found on the website, click glossary.

Pollen and Mold Counts

Pollen and mold counts have been provided seasonally from May through September. Counts will resume in May, 2014 and be preformed each week on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Results are reported online and by calling (907) 343-4899.  Find pollen counts for Anchorage.

Merrill Field Lead Monitoring Study

The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has completed a one-year monitoring study of airborne lead levels at the Merrill Field Airport.  Merrill Field was one of 15 airports selected by the EPA for lead monitoring.  This monitoring will help determine whether airports serving large numbers of piston aircraft meet new, more stringent air quality standards for airborne lead set by the EPA in 2008. Click here to view the report or an overview of the study can be found on the Merrill Field Airborne Lead Monitoring Fact Sheet.

Anchorage Benzene Monitoring Studies

The Air Quality Program has completed a year-long study of indoor and outdoor benzene levels in Anchorage. Previous studies conducted in Anchorage suggested that levels of benzene in outdoor air and inside homes were higher than those in most of the U.S. An overview of the studies can be found on the Anchorage Benzene Monitoring Studies Fact Sheet.

The full studies can be found at:

Anchorage Outdoor Benzene Study Phase 1

Indoor Benzene Concentrations in Homes with Attached Garages.


Anchorage Air Monitoring Data and Trends report

The Air Quality Program publishes a comprehensive annual report summarizing air quality data and trends. To view the report, please click here. This report is also available in the Alaska Collection of the Loussac Library in Anchorage.

Wind blown dust in front of Pioneer Peak in Palmer. Anchorage can receive dust from the Matanuska Valley on windy days. Photo by Caren del Cioppa and used with permission.

    • Environmental Services
    • Deputy Director/Division Manager: Steve Morris
    • 825 L Street, 3rd Floor, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-6976