Smoke from NM wildfires sends dangerous pollutants into the air | KOB 4

Smoke from NM wildfires sends dangerous pollutants into the air

Joshua Panas
June 04, 2018 10:18 PM

As fires continue to burn across the state, air quality is a growing concern.


Chest Medicine of New Mexico Doctor Jeffrey Dorf says more people are visiting his office because of the irritants in the air.

Doctor Dorf says the wildfires impact people differently.

"If you're close to the fire, there's smoldering and carbon monoxide, which is really not going to affect patients this far away from the fire,” Dorf said. “But there's particulate matter, which is the very fine small matter that comes up with burning plants."

Doctor Dorf says some dangerous particles are thinner than a piece of human hair.

"It can get deep into your lungs and the more you breathe it, the more you're exposed to it, the worse it can get," Dorf said.

People can protect themselves from the smoke. Doctor Dorf says they should limit their outdoor activity when the air quality is bad.


Joshua Panas

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