Pinal County issues air quality advisory for southeast Apache Junction area

The Pinal County Air Quality Department is issuing an air quality advisory due to the potential for elevated particulates associated with smoke from a mulch fire in the area of Ironwood and Guadalupe Roads in Apache Junction.

Officials are working on the containment of the mulch fire, but smoke and elevated particulates are expected to remain in the area until approximately Friday afternoon.

The Pinal County Public Health Services District encourages individuals to limit outdoor activities during periods of smoke since individuals with heart and respiratory disease, children, pregnant women and the elderly are vulnerable to smoke exposure. Healthy people can also be affected by smoke. Staying indoors as much as possible along with keeping windows and doors closed can help reduce the exposure to particulate matter associated with the smoke.

Particulate matter contains tiny solid particles and liquid droplets which are suspended in the air that we breathe. Small particles in smoke can travel into the respiratory system and cause short-term health effects including eye and respiratory tract irritation and even more serious problems including reduced lung function, coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, aggravation of asthma, heart failure and premature death.

For updates on air quality, follow PCAQD on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/pcaqcd or http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/AirQuality/Pages/AirQualityReport.aspx

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