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Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke, blowing dust

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Smoke and blowing dust have prompted the city to issue an air quality alert for people with respiratory conditions.

People with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or other respiratory and heart disease health issues are encouraged to stay indoors, according to the notice sent out today by the city’s Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program.

The alert will be in effect through 10 a.m. Monday.

Due to the wildfire smoke originating from fire in the Pacific northwest and high winds, elevated levels of particle matter are visible, the city said.

The city recommends avoiding outdoor exercise, keeping windows and doors closed, and maintaining air conditioners in recycle or re-circulation mode.