Wildfire smoke results in Air Quality Alert for western, central New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Program has one Health warning due to increased ozone levels and smoke development on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, which expires on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. National weather service as a result of Forest fires in south Arizona and southwestern New Mexico continue to produce smoke that spreads further into western and central New Mexico.

Residents in western and central New Mexico are urged to prepare for reduced air quality conditions by the late afternoon hours. NWS states that these conditions are likely to repeat late Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning.

Effects of poor air quality on people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and heart disease. If the smoke concentration becomes unhealthy, adults over 65, small children and pregnant women are also at risk.

According to Health Alert, people who are at higher risk of respiratory illnesses from ozone and smoke are also more prone to infection and serious health effects from COVID-19.

Exposure to ozone and smoke can also increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, and infection with COVID-19 can increase the health effects from exposure to ozone and smoke. A health alert was also issued on Monday and extended until Tuesday.

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