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Albuquerque issues ozone, smoke alert

In this June 8 file photo, haze hovers over downtown Albuquerque. The city issued a health alert on Tuesday afternoon due to elevated ozone and smoke levels. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department issued a health alert Tuesday afternoon due to elevated levels of smoke and ozone.

The alert, which expires at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, advises those in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County with respiratory conditions to limit outside activity.

Ozone is a gas that forms when chemicals found in vehicle and industrial emissions and wildfire smoke react in sunlight.

The American Lung Association compares ozone to a “sunburn on the lungs.”

Albuquerque firefighters put out a fire in the bosque on Tuesday.

There are also several large wildfires burning in southern Arizona.

A fire in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest has burned more than 87,000 acres as of Tuesday afternoon.

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