Agricultural burn caused poor air quality in Grand Valley

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- An agricultural burn in Fruita on Wednesday afternoon made for some poor air quality around the Grand Valley.

Wednesday's air was bad for sensitive groups like young kids, the elderly and those with respiratory issues. According to Purple Air, an air quality monitor, levels of 100 or above, can lead to health issues. Sensors recorded AQI, air quality index, numbers in the 120s Wednesday.

"There's clear evidence that high particulate matter is really bad for people's health. Usually, it's coughing, sometimes it's just stroke or heart attack. The really scary thing about bad air quality is that you will see higher instances of strokes and heart attacks," said Kristin Winn, Vice President of Citizens for Clean Air.

Winn also said that indoor air quality sensors also showed poor levels because swamp coolers suck air into the home. It's recommended to turn your swamp coolers off when there's poor air quality, but it's nearly impossible with summer temperatures.

Mesa County Public Health said they were told the burn may continue on Thursday.

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