Northeastern Arizona Residents Warned of Hazardous Air Qualitynorth easter

Air quality could be a concern as the fires continue.  Anyonewho feels they are at risk may want to consider limiting outdoorexposure. People with health issues (heart or lung disease, COPD,emphysema or asthma) should contact their personal physician ifthey feel ill as a result of poor air quality. Medical resourcesnear Springerville are limited.

Northeastern Arizona Residents Warned of Hazardous Air QualitynNortheastern Arizona Residents Warned of Hazardous Air Qualitynorth easterorth easter,Smoke is responsible for the hazardous air quality. Hourlyconcentrations are expected to be highest in the late night andearly morning hours, and usually subside through the hot part ofthe day. People who are still in the Springerville area at thistime should stay innorth eastern healthdoors with doors and windows closed. If the homehas air conditioning, people can use it, but should keep the freshair intake closed and the filter clean. No one should use anevaporative cooler when air quality is poor. Those people shouldpay attention to local air quality reports and refer to ArizonaDepartment of Health Services visibility guides.

PHOENIX–Air quality in the SpringervilleEagar area of Arizonais currently considered extremely hazardous. Air quality is definedusing Particulate Matter (PM), a measurement of solid and liquiddroplets in the air. Concentrations of PM were more than 7 timesthe national health standard on June 9, 2011, and are expected tobe the same or worse today. Excessive, persistent air pollution isa health threat, especially to children, the elderly, and thosewith compromised immune systems.

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Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) websiteat for real-time emergency updates, preparedness andhazard information, and resources.

Symptoms from short-term exposure to smoke include scratchythroat, cough, irritated sinuses, headaches, runny nose andstinging eyes, and more serious reactions among those in high-riskgroups. Elevated levels of PM also increase the potential forasthma attacks and other asthma-related symptoms in children.

How about AZDEQ handing out respirators to those of us in the evac zone who stayed behind to defend our homes? We dont need them to tell us the air is bad!

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