ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The picture below is a NASA image of the fires burning in the Gila Wilderness and the smoke plumes caused by them.
Albuquerque officials have issued a health alert through Sunday as smoke from wildfires is expected to move into the city.
The Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Division says smoke from the Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex in the Gila Mountains was expected to move in overnight. They say air quality may deteriorate further Friday afternoon as southwest winds push smoke directly toward Albuquerque.
They say poor air quality may continue into Sunday morning.
Health officials recommend that people sensitive to the smoke limit outdoor activities. They should also keep their windows closed, but avoid using swamp coolers as they circulate outdoor air inside.