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Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances Detected in Cannon Air Force Base Groundwater

October, 2018 - Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are chemicals that have been detected in groundwater on and off base at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico.
NMED News Release: PFAS/PFCS.
Perfluorinated Compounds and Health Information.

New Mexicans Living Near Recent Fires Need to Be Prepared for Flooding

June 15, 2018 - The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents prepare for flooding, especially near areas with burn scars from wildfires. Wildfire-related burn scars are charred, barren strips of land annihilated by the fire where, without vegetation, nothing remains to hold the land in place when rainfall comes. New Mexico residents in these areas should be prepared for significant rainfall and possible flash flooding. Those with private wells needs to make sure the well is protected before floods and need know what to do if the well head becomes immersed.
Health Protection During Wildfires
Resources for Well Owners
NMDOH News Alerts

Smoke Advisory for Communities in Animas River Valley

June 8, 2018 - The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health issued a smoke advisory for Farmington and surrounding northwestern New Mexico communities due to anticipated smoke from the 416 Fire in Colorado. For information on air quality and protecting your health visit the Fire and Smoke web page. Get stay cool tips on Heat Stress web page.

Smoke Advisory for Communities in Animas River Valley News Alert

Potential Impacts from Tire Fire Near Cuba

June 7, 2018 - A tire fire that started overnight and is located approximately 5 miles south of Cuba on CR 11 is generating smoke which may impact nearby residents.

Potential Impacts from Tire Fire Near Cuba News Alert

Wildfire Smoke May Present Health Hazards for Residents Near Ute Park Fire

June 4, 2018 - With the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are monitoring air quality in areas of Northern New Mexico affected by smoke from the wildfire, including Cimarron, Eagle Nest, and Raton.

NMDOH encourages New Mexico residents to take precautions to protect their health from the hazards of wildfire smoke. To learn how to use 5-3-1 Visibility Method to assess the air quality, and for more information on how to protect your health from smoke, visit

Northern New Mexico Air Quality News Release

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Content updated: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:08:16 MDT