The smoke from Arizona’s disastrous wildfire hazing New Mexico’s typically clear skies continues with no end in sight. There is an official air quality alert out from 3 p.m. Monday, June 13 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011.
Though the smoke levels are expected to go down by late Tuesday morning, air quality continues to deteriorate. Due to this public health alert issued by The Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division, people are encouraged to avoid outdoor physical activity. People suffering from heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should stay indoors especially in areas of visible smoke or the odor of smoke.
Some recommended actions for dealing with the smoky atmosphere are closing windows and doors, avoid using swamp coolers, limit time spent outdoors, and if you suffer from asthma, heart or lung disease, or any other medical condition, follow the prescribed health management plan from a health care provider.