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Updated: Thursday, 09 Jun 2011, 12:02 PM MDT
Published : Thursday, 09 Jun 2011, 12:02 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The seemingly endless smoke plume from Arizona's raging forest fire has prompted the city of Albuquerque to extend its warning about degraded air quality into next week.
The previous alert was set to expire Thursday evening. The new warning runs until 10:30 a.m. Monday.
"When significant smoke and odor exists residents in the Albuquerque area should avoid physical activity outdoors," the alert issued by the city Air Quality Division Thursday morning states. "People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low when they see or smell smoke."
The city also recommends not running swamp coolers and other air systems that would draw smoke into homes. Persons with lung and heart diseases should consider going to locations with closed air-conditioning systems to avoid the smoke and contact their doctors promptly if symptoms worsen.
The complete text of the city alert appears below:
AIR QUALITY ALERT DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE
Issue time: Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM
The Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division is issuing a notice due to wildfire smoke that may cause elevated particulate matter. This notice is in effect for the following period:
Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM to Monday, June 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Due to the fire Smoke from the Wallow fire in Eastern Arizona, air quality may continue to be adversely affected in the Albuquerque area. The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department recommends that all individuals take precautions when outdoors in areas where there may be visible smoke or the odor of smoke.
When significant smoke and odor exists residents in the Albuquerque area should avoid physical activity outdoors. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low when they see or smell smoke.
The Environmental Health Department recommends using air conditioning systems that are able to recirculate indoor air, and if possible a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter on these systems to reduce smoke particles entering the indoor air. A HEPA filter may reduce the number of irritating fine particles in indoor air. When smoke levels are high, do not burn candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves.
Do not vacuum because vacuuming can stir up particles already inside your home. During periods of visible smoke or when the odor of smoke exists, the following actions are recommended, especially for individuals sensitive to particulate pollution:
If you have any chronic lung disease (including asthma) or heart disease, closely monitor your health and contact your doctor immediately ifyou have symptoms that worsen, including repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, unusual fatigue or lightheadedness. Consider going to a location with refrigerated air or leaving the area until smoke conditions improve.
If you do not have air conditioning, take these additional steps to protect yourself and your family form heat exhaustion, which can be especially dangerous for infants, children, the elderly, and people with chronic disease.
Contact your doctor to discuss what you should do if smoke becomes worse in your area, especially if you have lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, are elderly, pregnant, or have children in your home.
For Further information, please visit the City of Albuquerque Air Quality website. For daily Air Quality Index information, call (505) 768-4734 or (505) 766-7664.