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West Valley mulch fire creating widespread smoke

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:46 pm | Updated: 6:17 pm, Fri May 31, 2013.

A mulch fire, which began approximately Tuesday afternoon afternoon, is still burning in the West Valley, near Dobbins Road and 62nd Avenue, in Laveen.

The fire is generating thick smoke that is visible in the surrounding communities. Variable winds may change the direction of the smoke affecting a larger area.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health suggests if you are experiencing breathing problems or have specific healthcare concerns that you contact your healthcare provider.

If smoke seems to be affecting you or your family consider some of the following actions:

If you smell smoke and/or are beginning to experience symptoms, consider temporarily locating to another area as long as it is safe for you to do so.

  • Move indoors and stay there with doors and windows closed.
  • Run the air conditioning, the filtration systems on home systems can provide some benefit.
  • Run room air filtration units.
  • Reduce your outdoor physical activity level.

For more information on how to protect your family from the health effects from smoke please use the following link:

http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_events

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