ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Division has issued a health alert due to smoke causing elevated particulate matter levels in effect from 8:30 a.m. today to 11 a.m. today.
Smoke from the Chaparral Controlled Burn northwest of Jemez Springs has moved into Albuquerque again this morning and could linger throughout the morning hours, according to a city of Albuquerque news release.
Visual observations and pollution monitors show that as of 8 a.m. the smoke is concentrated on Albuquerque’s West Side and in the South Valley.
The Environmental Health Department recommends that all individuals take precautions when outdoors in areas where smoke is visible or can be smelled.
The following actions are recommended, especially for those sensitive to particulate pollution:
# Keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners or heating systems on recycle/recirculation mode. Avoid using swamp coolers that can circulate outdoor air inside.
# Limit time spent outdoors.
# If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness) contact your health care provider.
# Individuals with heart or lung disease should follow their health management plan from their health care provider. Asthmatic individuals should follow a prescribed asthma management plan. If conditions are creating a health emergency, call 911 or seek medical attention at the nearest medical facility.
# Avoid physical activity outdoors.
# Motorist use recirculated air while using air-conditioning during smoke events.
7:58am: Smoke Should Clear in ABQ by Noon
Areas of smoke from controlled burns up north will linger over Albuquerque this morning, but should dissipate with calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph this afternoon, according to today’s forecast for the Albuquerque metro area.
Expect sunny skies later today with a forecast high near 75 — just three degrees shy of the record high for this date set in 1918, the National Weather Service said.
Temperatures will stay well above the average low to mid 60s today and Friday, with highs dancing just above or below 70 into early next week, according to the weather service.
Smoke blowing in from the north caused an air quality alert from Tuesday afternoon until mid-morning Wednesday, KOB-TV reported.
City officials said that while smoke from controlled burns can impact Albuquerque, the magnitude and duration are far less than that from an actual wildfire, Eyewitness News 4 said.