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There have been numerous independent reports Friday morning regarding the hazy skies and subsequent poor air quality within the Albuquerque Metro area, according to the National Weather Service. The City of Albuquerque Air Quality Department released a Health Alert at 849am for poor air quality due to wildfire smoke.
Additionally, several inter-agency coordination calls have been held this morning to discuss this unique situation. There is a prescribed burn south of Tuscon, AZ that is a contributing source region providing an undetermined amount of smoke particulate matter in the atmosphere.
This smoke is combining with the dust from windy conditions the past 12 to 24 hours. Additionally, a back door front ushered in a dramatic increase in low level moisture which can enhance the development of haze and associated visibility impacts. Observers at Sandia Peak and the Forest Service have verified that this haze is widespread along the Rio Grande Valley from Santa Fe to Albuquerque to Belen and Socorro and west to near the Continental Divide.