Air quality drops to moderate again, recovers mid-day

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- For the second day in a row, the Grand Valley was in a smoke warning Tuesday.

"Particulate matter is pretty high right now," said David Scott, Allergy Specialist.

The haze is from fires to our west, and the Valley was in moderate air conditions for most of the day.

"Right now, our wildfire smoke is coming from about 145 miles away, it could be very different if we had that wildfire right here in Mesa County," said Monique Mull, Mesa County Public Health.

Citizens for clean air hosts air quality monitors throughout the Grand Valley. They show the air quality throughout the day, some monitors showing Paonia dipping into the orange, or “warning” air conditions.

"Unfortunately when there's this much particulate matter in the air folks really need to limit their time outdoors," said Scott.

The particulates and debris can cause inflammation in the lungs. Scott said people with nasal and sinus conditions are more than likely going to have a lot more symptoms while it’s in the air.

"We kind of just have to hunker down and wait it out," said Scott. "Before the fires started it was pretty high from dust and wind."

For now, the Valley is back in the green and under good air conditions.

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