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Albuquerque NM completely engulfed in smoke from the massive AZ fires

UPDATE:  JUNE 7, 2011

I have never seen such a red sun before when this high in the sky. No filter was used. This is the actual color tonight, Tues. June 7th 2011. You can see the smoke in front of the sun when zoomed in. These are not clouds – today was a cloudless day – just completely covered with smoke off and on all day.


Here is a still shot I took as well.


JUNE 6, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – That thick, smoky haze is going to be in New Mexico for a while and it has caused the Environmental Health Department to issue another health advisory.

The smoke from a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, as well as periodic dust storms across New Mexico, could cause people to have difficulty breathing.

Officials said the elderly, infants, people who have asthma or heart disease and even healthy people may also be affected by the haze.

Officials with the national weather service many other parts of the state are experiencing high the haze much worse then in Albuquerque.

“If you think it’s going to be bad in Albuquerque go just 50 miles to the west and in some areas can just be really extreme,” Kerry Jones said. “So unfortunately the pattern is just not going to be working in our favor in the coming days.”

Haze levels which substantially compromise visibility warrant an Air Quality Health Advisory. San Juan Basin Health Department advises that individuals in our community, particular those identified above, take health precautions when they notice the following condition:

  • If visibility is less than 5 miles in your neighborhood due to a wildfire or controlled burn, smoke has reached levels that are potentially unhealthy.  ** CURRENTLY, VISIBILITY IS 3 MILES IN ABQ NM ***

Here is some footage I just took at 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm tonight:

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