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AEUS75 KABQ 032254  
AQAABQ  
NMZ501-041600-  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM  
454 PM MDT TUE JUL 3 2018  
 
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW  
MEXICO DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT.  
 
SMOKE FROM THE 416 WILDFIRE IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO IS AGAIN EXPECTED  
TO HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO  
LATER TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING.  
 
IN NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO, SMOKE FROM THE 416 WILDFIRE IS EXPECTED TO  
ONCE AGAIN SETTLE INTO THE ANIMAS RIVER VALLEY AND SAN JUAN RIVER  
VALLEY TONIGHT, DOWNRIVER OF WHERE THE ANIMAS RIVER JOINS IT. AS  
LATE-NIGHT DRAINAGE OR DOWN VALLEY WINDS DEVELOP, SOME SMOKE IS  
LIKELY TO MOVE INTO THESE AREAS IN FAR NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO.  
COMMUNITIES WHERE IMPACTS COULD BE EXPECTED INCLUDE CEDAR HILL, AZTEC,  
FLORA VISTA, BLOOMFIELD, FARMINGTON, KIRTLAND, WATERFLOW AND  
SHIPROCK. ANYONE LIVING IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE PREPARED. SMOKE IS  
EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE AREA BEGINNING ABOUT 2 AM WEDNESDAY AND IT  
SHOULD LIFT BY 10 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.  
 
SINCE THESE IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR OVERNIGHT, TAKING  
PRECAUTIONS SUCH AS CLOSING WINDOWS BEFORE BEDTIME CAN PROTECT  
RESIDENTS WITH RESPIRATORY OR HEART DISEASE, ADULTS OVER AGE 65, YOUNG  
CHILDREN, AND PREGNANT WOMEN, IF SMOKE CONCENTRATIONS BECOMES  
UNHEALTHY.  
 
REMEMBER, YOUR EYES ARE YOUR BEST TOOLS TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SAFE TO  
BE OUTSIDE. IF VISIBILITY IS:  
 
UNDER 5 MILES, THE AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN,  
ADULTS OVER AGE 65, PREGNANT WOMEN, AND PEOPLE WITH HEART  
AND/OR LUNG DISEASE, ASTHMA OR OTHER RESPIRATORY ILLNESS.  
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY SHOULD BE MINIMIZED.  
 
AROUND 3 MILES, YOUNG CHILDREN, ADULTS OVER AGE 65, PREGNANT  
WOMEN, AND PEOPLE WITH HEART AND/OR LUNG DISEASE, ASTHMA OR OTHER  
RESPIRATORY ILLNESS SHOULD AVOID ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.  
 
AROUND 1 MILE, THE AIR QUALITY IS UNHEALTHY FOR EVERYONE. PEOPLE  
SHOULD REMAIN INDOORS AND AVOID ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING  
RUNNING ERRANDS. UNLESS AN EVACUATION HAS BEEN ISSUED, STAY INSIDE  
YOUR HOME, INDOOR WORKPLACE, OR IN A SAFE SHELTER.  
 

 
 
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