More wildfire smoke may reach Albuquerque late Sunday and linger into Monday morning. Sky News 13 flies over day 5 of Dog Head Fire The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health issued a smoke advisory on Thursday. They say the smoke from the Dog Head Fire is affecting air quality throughout Central New Mexico, including Bernalillo County.Communities from Moriarty to Clines Corners are expected to be hit the hardest through the weekend. On Thursday, officials said a large plume of smoke coming off of the Cedar Fire near Show Low, Arizona and moved toward central New Mexico. Smoke from the Cedar Fire settledinto the Rio Grande ValleyThursday nightreducing visibility across the Albuquerque metro area causing the city to send an initial health alert due to wildfire smoke. The Environmental Health Department suggeststhat all individuals take precautions when outdoors during hazy conditions. People most sensitive to the smoke include young children, adults age 65 and over, pregnant women, and those with heart and/or lung disease, asthma or other respiratory illness. 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.
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