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  • Air Pollution Health Watch Issued for June 9, 2020

    Jun 09, 2020 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) is issuing an air pollution health watch due to smoke from the Bighorn and Tortolita Fires.  PDEQ monitors are recording elevated levels of particulate matter and ozone in certain areas of town. As long as the fires persist, there will be a chance of poor air quality in areas downwind of the fires.

    PDEQ encourages children, older adults and those with heart or lung disease to be cautious and understand that if they can smell smoke, they are breathing smoke. These at-risk individuals are encouraged to reduce their level of exertion and avoid outside activities to decrease the amount of particulates they breathe into their lungs.

    Wildfire smoke can irritate eyes, the respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. If possible, closing doors and windows and running air conditioners with the fresh-air intake closed and filter clean will help prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. Visit PDEQ’s website for more information about protecting yourself from fire smoke.

    PDEQ monitors air pollution in our region at 15 air quality monitoring sites. Up-to-the-hour air pollution levels are available online at the PDEQ website.

    The public can sign up to receive Air Quality Advisories and other Pima County Department of Environmental Quality notices directly via email.