New Mexico Health Officials Issue Air Advisory

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico health and environment officials are warning New Mexico residents to take care to avoid smoke from the Arizona wildfires.

They say air quality readings in Santa Fe last night showed particulates were 15 times higher than normal.

Department of Health Secretary Catherine Torres advises people -- particularly those with respiratory or heart conditions - to stay inside as much as possible if they can smell smoke.

She also advises against the use of swamp coolers because most have filter pore sizes that are too large to filter out smoke particulates.

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