Heavy smoke from the Slide Fire is causing air quality issues for residents in the Sedona area, according to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
ADEQ air monitors indicate that air quality in Sedona and immediately surrounding areas has ranged between "unhealthy for selective groups" and "very unhealthy." Conditions may cause respiratory issues for some area residents.
Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity, according to the Coconino County Public Health Services District. Additionally, those 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.
Typical symptoms of exposure to smoke include burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, dizziness and nausea. Residents and businesses are advised to close windows and turn off evaporative coolers when smoke is present to help to reduce exposure to the smoke.
When smoke levels are high, the appropriate protective measures should be followed.
• Stay inside with windows and doors shut.
• Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car.
• Avoid cooking and vacuuming, which can increase pollutants indoors.
• Avoid physical exertion.
• Place towels at windows and cracks of doors to prevent smoke from entering indoors.
Visit www.coconino.az.gov/health<http://www.coconino.az.gov/health> for more information.
To monitor air quality reports from ADEQ, visit www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx<http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx>.
For additional information, contact the Coconino County Call Center at 928-679-4173. For questions about the fire, call 928-774-1947.