Albuquerque Under Health Alert For Wildfire Smoke

Nov 1, 2012

Health officials in Albuquerque have issued a health alert after smoke from a controlled burn drifted into town.

The city's Environmental Health Department issued the alert Wednesday morning after smoke from a controlled burn in the Jemez Wilderness drifted into the area. The smoke is concentrated on the city's west side and in parts of the Rio Grande valley south of Albuquerque.

The smoke warning is for everyone but people with breathing problems or asthma are especially susceptible to problems from breathing smoke.

Health officials say windows and doors should be kept shut and exercise and time outdoors limited. People with heart or lung disease should contact a medical professional if they feel major symptoms.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.