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Air Quality Alert Issued by ABQ Because of Wildfire Smoke

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city of Albuquerque has issued an air quality alert that runs from this afternoon until Monday at 10 a.m. because of smoke from the Wallow wildfire in eastern Arizona.

The city Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Division issued the public health alert because the wildfire smoke may cause elevated particulate matter, according to a news release from the department.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for areas of smoke in the Albuquerque metro area tonight and Saturday morning.

The city Environmental Health Department is recommending that people take precautions when outdoors in areas where there might be visible smoke or the odor of smoke.

The news release said that during periods of visible smoke or when the odor of smoke exists, the following actions are recommended, especially for individuals 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 outdoor exercise.