Wildfire in northern NM sparks air quality fears
June 27, 2018 05:32 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - A wildfire burning near Taos is growing. The Sardinas Canyon Fire has scorched 800 acres of rugged terrain the Carson National Forest.
Now, people as far south as Santa Fe are complaining about the air quality.
Tony Fristachi, an environmental health epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, says certain people are more at risk than others.
"People over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women, and people with lung and heart disease. They should be particularly concerned about wildfire smoke," Fristachi said.
Fristachi says people should always follow the 5, 3,1 visibility rule when it comes to determining how dangerous smoke from a wildfire is.
“If you can see up to 5 miles – anyone in that high-risk group should limit outdoor activity, 3 miles – anyone at high risk should stay inside while everyone should limit outdoor activity, and if visibility drops to one mile, everyone should stay inside,” Fristachi said.
No evacuations orders have been prompted, but John Kennedy and his wife voluntarily evacuated from their cabin in Santa Fe because the smoke was too close for comfort.
“It just blew up like a volcano. It was orange and black and purple. Billowing clouds 2,000 feet in the air,” Kennedy said.
Fire officials say no structures are currently threatened.
Updated: June 27, 2018 05:32 PM
Created: June 27, 2018 03:54 PM
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