Smoke Advisory for the Bonita Fire 06/10/2017

IMG_1106El Rito, NM, June 10, 2017—For Immediate Release. Fire managers expect Air Quality to be Unhealthy in Vallecitos Canyon overnight as smoke settles into the valley for the next few days.  Smoke should clear in the morning as the inversion lifts.  During the day smoke is expected to be transported to the Northeast tomorrow, with possible impacts in Tres Piedras during the afternoon and early evening.

Air Quality monitors have been deployed in Vallecitos Canyon and Tres Piedras. Because there are not air quality monitors available in all areas, your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good. Remember: if visibility is over 5 miles, the air quality is generally good. However, no matter how far you can see, if you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed.

  • People with respiratory or heart disease, adults over age 65, young children, and pregnant women should minimize outdoor activities during times when the visibility is about 5 miles or less.
  • Be sure you have the medicines needed for chronic heart or respiratory diseases.
  • When the visibility starts to go below 3 miles, sensitive groups should avoid outdoor activities until air quality improves.
  • Information on air quality and protecting your health, guidance on distances and visibility please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire.

When you are advised to stay indoors, keep indoor air as clean as possible. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere such as at a cooling center or at a relative’s or friend’s home. During the day consider going to public libraries, senior centers and other public places that may have air conditioning. For multi-day events, consider relocating until the air quality improves. Get more stay cool tips here: https://nmtracking.org/health/heatstress/Heat.html. 

 

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