Air Quality Alert for Smoke Issued for Sweetwater County

Air Quality Alert for Smoke Issued for Sweetwater County

Sweetwater County can expect wildfire smoke to stay in the area through tomorrow at least. This was the view residents saw as the sunset behind White Mountain last night. SweetwaterNOW photo by Stephanie Thompson

SWEETWATER COUNTY — An Air Quality Alert for wildfire smoke has been issued for Sweetwater County through Tuesday afternoon.

The United States National Weather Service issued a special statement on behalf of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

According to the statement, west central and southwest Wyoming, including Sweetwater County and the Upper Wind River Basin, will remain under this alert until 1 p.m., July 13.

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“Wildfire smoke from the Pacific Northwest will impact parts of west central and southwest Wyoming. Visibilities may be reduced at times,” according to the alert.

The WDH “recommends that the elderly, young children and individuals with respiratory problems avoid excessive physical exertion and minimize outdoor activities during this time.”

“Wildfire smoke is made up of a variety of pollutants, including particulate matter and ozone, which can cause respiratory health effects,” the alert states.

United States National Weather Service Riverton Office Facebook photo.

Even though these residents are more susceptible to health impacts, the WDH also advises that everyone should avoid prolonged exposure to poor air quality conditions.

Current air quality conditions across the state can be found here.