Smoke Clouds Metro Air


Spring is in the air. So is the smoke. The Health Department is warning that lingering smoke particles prompted an Air Quality Alert on Friday.

Dry conditions continue to plague the metro area. Another brushfire broke out in Council Bluffs Friday and it added to a film in the air.

We talked to people enjoying the 60 degree weather and no one really seemed fazed but it has caused problems for some with breathing issues.

Amanda Accioly was enjoying the mild weather and told us, ”It does look a little hazier to me. It's a clear day but I can see there's a little gray haze in the air."

That haze caused problems for some UNO students

The University’s Director of Health Services, Marcia Adler, said, “We already had a pretty serious asthma attack here at school today so we were kind of already aware that there were some triggers going on."

The Douglas County Health Department says the triggers are coming from fires to our south leaving invisible smoke particles in the air, enough particles that they issued an Air Quality Alert encouraging people with chronic heart and lung, asthma or respiratory problems to take it easy Friday.

Adler says all those particles in the air actually stick to your clothes, so if you have respiratory issues as soon as you get in the house you'll want to take off your clothes and throw them in the wash."

She said, “If those triggers are hanging in their bed and then they go sleep in that environment where those dirty clothes landed they’re going to re-infest the triggers."

Memorial Park visitors said they can agree to quickly wash their clothes but it'll take much more to keep them inside on a beautiful day.

The windy conditions cleared up part of the problem and by Friday night officials said the smoky conditions were no longer as big of an issue.


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