Prescribed burn makes for a smoky Wednesday morning in Rio Grande Valley

Posted at: 10/31/2012 8:18 AM
Updated at: 10/31/2012 8:22 AM
By: staff

An air quality alert is in effect until Wednesday for smoke from a prescribed burn in the Jemez Wilderness northeast of Jemez Springs.

Early Wednesday, smoke could be seen lingering over the entire Rio Grande Valley from the Sandias to the West Mesa.

The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department recommends that all individuals take precautions when outdoors in areas when smoke is visible or can be smelled.

During unhealthy periods, 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 physical activity outdoors.

Motorists use recirculated air while using air-conditioning during smoke events.

For more information about the health effects related to smoke from wildfires, go online here.

For more information about fires in New Mexico go online here

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