UPDATE: Prescribed burn over; smoke moving southwest toward Albuquerque

Posted at: 11/01/2012 9:10 AM
Updated at: 11/01/2012 11:14 AM
By: KOB.com staff

A prescribed burn in the Jemez is now over, but Albuquerque residents should expect to see and smell smoke lingering over the city thoughout the day.

Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division had issued a health alert until 11 a.m. Thursday because of smoke from a prescribed burn in the Jemez Wilderness.

Forecast models from Wednesday had suggested the smoke from the burn was supposed to drift toward Santa Fe.

The smoke ended up in Albuquerque instead.

Offiicals say they expect it to thin out but not completely disappear thoughout the day Thursday.

The 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 should use recirculated air while using air-conditioning during smoke events.