Camp Navajo Fire Department continues their containment efforts of the Gate 13 Fire today in the wake of anticipated winds expecting to reach 30-35 mph.
Yesterday's efforts to widen firebreaks helped prevent overnight flair ups allowing for first responders to better prepare for affects from wind today.
The Arizona Department of Transportation posted warning signs along the I-40 prompting drivers of potential smoke hazards in the area.
In addition, Coconino County officials have provided some health tips to help prevent illness or injury:
- In the event of smoke, Coconino County health officials are encouraging individuals to take precautions to protect themselves from health effects of wildfire smoke.
- Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor. The primary health concern is the small particles. Not everyone who is exposed to smoke will have health problems. Many factors influence a person's susceptibility to smoke. These factors include the level, extent, and duration of exposure, age and individual susceptibility.
- Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity. People with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as should children and the elderly.
- People with pre-existing conditions should avoid exposure to the smoke as much as possible, and consult their physician if they have any questions.
For more information about health risks and injury prevention, please download the brochure from Coconino County Public Health Services District.