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Poor air quality in SE Wyoming until at least noon Friday due to Mullen Fire

(National Weather Service in Cheyenne, Twitter)

CASPER, Wyo. — An “air quality alert” has been issued for southeast Wyoming due to the 117,420 acre Mullen Fire burning west of Laramie in both the Cowboy State and Colorado.

Poor air quality due to smoke from the wildfire is expected to linger at least through noon Friday. The alert is for southeastern Carbon County, the southern half of Albany County and most of Laramie County, according to the National Weather Service in Cheyenne.

“Heavy smoke from the Mullen Wildfire west of Laramie may cause health effects to sensitive groups,” the alert states. “The Wyoming Department of Health recommends 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 effect. Although these people are most susceptible to health impacts, the Department of Health also advises that everyone should avoid prolonged exposure to poor air quality conditions.”

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality offers near real-time air quality information online.

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.