ALBUQURQUE (KRQE) - The city of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department is warning smoke from the Silver fire in the Gila is expected to begin drifting into the city Thursday.
According to the alert, light winds will push smoke northward from the Silver Fire and is expected to spread out, causing the eastern edge of the smoke plume to possible affect Albuquerque.
Potentially unhealthy conditions could occur with the department suggesting people with health issues avoid outdoor activities and others limiting outdoor activities. Sensitive groups include pregnant women, people with heart and lung diseases or over 65 and young children.
The department said the smell of smoke may not mean unhealthy conditions and suggests gauging how much the smoke reduces visibility to determine the possible health effects.
If you can see:
- 11 miles and up, the air quality is Good;
- 6 to 10 miles, the air quality is Moderate;
- 3 to 5 miles, the air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups;
- 1 ½ to 2 ¾ miles; the air quality is Unhealthy;
- 1 to 1 ¼ quarter miles, the air quality is Very Unhealthy;
- 1 mile or less, the air quality is Hazardous
When the air quality is unhealthy, the department suggests:
- 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.
- If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including severe coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, chest pain, or unusual fatigue) 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.
- Avoid outdoor exercise
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