Swcc Smoke Outlook Through 6/26/2013
Incident: Jaroso Fire Wildfire
Updated 1400 MDT June 25, 2013 Valid through Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Smoke from the Silver and Jaroso fires will be transported towards the east during the day today. The wind is then expected to decrease significantly later today making smoke much more likely to settle into drainages below active fires tonight and tomorrow morning. Lighter winds are then expected Wednesday and Thursday, with smoke impacts likely near active fires.
Smoke impacts from the Silver fire are expected in the Mimbres Valley and the communities of Hillsboro and Kingston. Potentially heavy smoke may settle in the Rio Grande Valley tomorrow morning from the area around Truth or Consequences and south towards Hatch, affecting visibility on I-25 around sunrise.
Smoke from the Jaroso Fire may cause impacts this afternoon east of the fire in Mora and San Miguel Counties, with periods of visibility less than five miles. Tomorrow morning smoke may settle in communities below active fire, including the communities of Tesuque, Nambe, and Pecos Canyon.
The most significant smoke impacts from the Silver and Jaroso fires will be in the communities down drainage of the fires tomorrow morning. Potentially unhealthy conditions (visibility of 1.5 to 2.75 miles or less) could occur. If they do, sensitive groups such as people with heart and/or lung disease, adults over age 65, young children, and pregnant women should avoid all outdoor activities until air quality improves. Everyone else should minimize outdoor activities.
Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather. If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur. Communities nearby active fires may experience periods of air quality which are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (visibility of 3 to 5 miles). When the visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities. Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.
Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good. Remember: if visibility is 11 miles and up, the air quality is Good; six to ten miles, air quality is Moderate; three to five miles, air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups; one and a half to two and three quarter miles, air quality is Unhealthy; one to one and a quarter miles, air quality is Very Unhealthy; and one mile or less, air quality is Hazardous.
For information about health effects of smoke, including actions individuals can take to protect themselves, and guidance on distances and visibility, based on the location of current fires, please visit, nmtracking.org/fire.
Updated information on fire activity in the Southwest can be found in the SWCC Morning Intelligence Briefing.
Additional smoke information can be found at the SWCC Smoke Impact Awareness page