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AIR QUALITY ALERT--Update

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This from the New Mexico Environment Department:

THE WHITEWATER BALDY FIRE COMPLEX IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE AN ACTIVE SMOKE PLUME OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. TRANSPORT WINDS HAVE SHIFTED AND ARE NOW DIRECTED FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST OVER THE REGION. THIS GENERAL DIRECTION OF SMOKE TRANSPORT WILL PERSIST THROUGH LATE SATURDAY BEFORE TRANSPORT WINDS SHIFT BACK TO MORE OF A WEST TO EAST ORIENTATION.

AREAS OF SMOKE ANTICIPATED ACROSS PORTIONS OF WESTERN... CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW MEXICO WILL RESULT IN DETERIORATING AIR QUALITY. AREAS IMMEDIATELY EAST AND NORTHEAST OF THE FIRE COMPLEX WILL BE MOST SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED... INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE COMMUNITIES OF QUEMADO... QUEMADO LAKE... MAGDALENA... ALAMO AND THE ACOMA PUEBLO. FARTHER DOWNSTREAM... SMOKE IMPACTS WILL EXPAND TO INCLUDE AREAS ALONG THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY FROM SOCORRO TO BELEN TO ALBUQUERQUE AS WELL AS LOS ALAMOS... WHITE ROCK AND THE SANTA FE METRO AREA.

IN ADDITION TO SMOKE IMPACTS... AREAS OF BLOWING DUST ARE LIKELY ACROSS PORTIONS OF AREA LATER TODAY AND ESPECIALLY ON SATURDAY FURTHER IMPACTING VISIBILITY AND AIR QUALITY.

IF HEAVY SMOKE IS PRESENT... OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE MINIMIZED. REMEMBER... YOUR EYES ARE YOUR BEST TOOLS TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SAFE TO BE OUTSIDE. IF VISIBILITY IS TEN MILES OR HIGHER... 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.