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AIR QUALITY ALERT!

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THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT.

SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY. THE LAS CONCHAS WILDFIRE LOCATED SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS WAS CONTINUING TO PRODUCE A SUBSTANTIAL SMOKE PLUME STRETCHING OVER LOS ALAMOS... WHITE ROCK... ESPANOLA... NAMBE... AND ACROSS THE PACHECO WILDFIRE AREA. SOUTHWEST WINDS THIS AFTERNOON WILL TRANSPORT SMOKE FARTHER TO THE NORTH TOWARD THE TAOS AREA.

REMEMBER... YOUR EYES ARE YOUR BEST TOOLS TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SAFE TO BE OUTSIDE. IF VISIBILITY IS TEN MILES AND UP... THE AIR QUALITY IS GOOD... SIX TO NINE MILES... AIR QUALITY IS MODERATE... THREE TO FIVE MILES... AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE PEOPLE... ONE AND A HALF TO TWO AND A HALF MILES... AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHY... ONE TO ONE AND A QUARTER MILES... AIR QUALITY IS VERY UNHEALTHY... AND THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE OR LESS... AIR QUALITY IS HAZARDOUS.