Dog Head Fire prompts smoke advisory alert

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health issued a smoke advisory on Wednesday.

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They say the smoke from the Dog Head Fire is affecting air quality throughout Central New Mexico.

Health officials also say the weather is a contributing factor to the smoke and the air quality.

“Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and aggravate chronic heart and lung problems,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Lynn Gallagher. “People with heart and/or lung 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 lung disease. When the visibility starts to go below 3 miles, sensitive groups should avoid outdoor activities until air quality improves.”

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