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Fire impairs air quality in Aztec

The Daily Times staff
Smoke from the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, seen here on  June 11 in Farmington, is often on the horizon here and is expected to get closer at times this week.

FARMINGTON — The 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado is continuing to impact air quality in Aztec.

The air quality in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico was some of the worst in the country this morning.

AirNow.gov, which is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality monitoring website, warned that the air this morning was unhealthy for sensitive groups of people such as children, people with asthma and senior citizens.

A forecast available at AirNow.gov predicts the area will have unhealthy air quality for sensitive people on Tuesday.

Children, senior citizens and other people who are sensitive to poor air quality should avoid spending time outside when there is a lot of smoke in the air.