Potential impacts from tire fire near Cuba
SANTA FE, NM – A tire fire that started overnight and is located approximately 5 miles south of Cuba on CR 11 is generating smoke which may impact nearby residents. Smoke from tire fires contains a number of toxic air contaminants and particulate matter. The New Mexico Department of Health advises all residents near the tire fire to avoid smoke exposure, if possible.
Symptoms of smoke exposure usually include irritation of eyes, nose and throat or breathing discomfort. More severe symptoms may include chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Smoke exposure can aggravate conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, or cardiovascular disease. Other populations at-risk for health impacts include those aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, and young children. However, all residents near the tire fire should avoid smoke exposure, if possible.
An air quality monitor measuring PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns) is being installed in Cuba. Monitoring data will be accessible here once it is made available. Note that this type of monitor provides a general indicator of overall air quality, and should not be assumed to be providing information about toxic contaminants.
For basic information about smoke and your health, please visit: https://nmtracking.org/fire