ADEQ monitors air quality as Goodwin Fire burns

A look at potential respiratory problems due to multiple wildfires burning throughout the state.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is working closely with federal, state and local authorities as the Goodwin Fire and several other wildfires burn across the state.

"Our forecast team has looked out over the next couple of days and at this time we do not anticipate any impacts (in Maricopa County) from smoke related to the Goodwin Fire," said Caroline Oppleman, a spokeswoman with ADEQ.

Smoke is billowing from the blaze, which has surpassed 21,000 acres and forced evacuations of communities including Mayer. A trail of smoke was visible from the Phoenix area as the fire began to kick up on Tuesday evening.

"There may be smoke that's visible in higher elevations," Oppleman said. "That does not mean the air quality is going to impact your health at the levels that you breath."

Currently, there are no air advisories issued by ADEQ, but that could change. 

Officials with ADEQ have deployed monitoring equipment in Cordes Junction to keep an eye on the air quality in the areas near the fire that are not currently under evacuation orders.

The National Weather Service's Flagstaff office says areas northeast of the blaze are in the path of the smoke and that includes Flagstaff. 

Below are some useful links ADEQ is encouraging everyone to monitor throughout the duration of the Goodwin Fire: 

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3/  and for Goodwin Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5278/
WildfireAZ: http://www.wildfireaz.com/ (Email Subscription Available)
Arizona Emergency Information Network: https://ein.az.gov/
Wildfire AZ's Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildlandfireaz/lists/wildlandfireaz
Webcams: https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap?fire=1
ADEQ Wildfire Support: http://www.azdeq.gov/wildfireSupport
ADEQ Air Quality Forecasting: http://www.azdeq.gov/programs/air-quality-programs/air-forecasting

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