Air Quality Bureau
Wildfire Smoke Links
Wildfires in the region can result in plumes of smoke across many areas of New Mexico. Use the links on this page to find information on air quality data and how to protect you and your family's health when it is smoky.
The New Mexico Department of Health suggests New Mexicans use the 5-3-1 Mile Visibility Method to decide when it’s safe to be outside. The New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking website provides information on smoke safety and how to avoid breathing in smoke at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Monitoring Data and Air Quality Information
- New Mexico Environment Department air quality monitoring site. Go to the Maps link at the top of the page, choose New Mexico maps and the area you are interested in. Double-click on the monitoring site dot. The most recent information will then be displayed in a chart. For additional information on earlier data, click the link under the table, and fill in the chart for the data you would like to view.
- Airsis monitoring site. This site links to monitors the U.S. Forest Service has deployed during this event. Go to the website, click on Real Time Data, then Location, and choose New Mexico. Click on the location on the map for which you would like to view data. Currently monitors are being deployed by the U.S. Forest Service in Pecos and Las Vegas.
- The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department posts the air quality index daily.
- Los Alamos National Laboratory has near real-time data for particulate monitoring (PM2.5) at http://environweb.lanl.gov/Teom/teom.asp.
- The New Mexico Department of Health has information on protecting your health during wildfire smoke events. This includes information on recommended actions to take during smoke events, how to protect your lungs during wildfire smoke, and how smoke can affect you.
- The New Mexico Environment Department hosts a webpage with information about wildfires and smoke.
- The Arizona Department of Health Services website Wildfire Smoke and Your Health includes information on wildfire safety, menthal health assistance, and a wildfire plan.
- Asbestos and Fires - Asbestos is one of the most heat-resistant materials known to man but can be highly toxic when asbestos containing materials are burnt or damaged. Read this fact sheet to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from potentially asbestos containing materials in burned structures.
- The National Weather Service in Albuquerque and El Paso provides information on smoke forecasts and advisories and alerts for air quality.
- The National Weather Service also provides an air quality and smoke forecast here.
- The Southwest Coordination Center posts smoke outlooks at http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/. Go to Outlook under Predictive Services on the left side of the page, then click on either Outlook for the smoke outlook or Briefing for additional technical information.
- InciWeb gives information on wildfires throughout the United States.
- NM Fire Info has information about wildfires and forest closures.
- The Southwest Coordination Center has information about fires throughout the region.