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Mangum Fire Update and the Hazards of Wildfire Smoke

Mangum Fire Update and the Hazards of Wildfire Smoke
June 12
12:39 2020

The Kaibab Mangum Fire continues to burn 9 miles southwest of Jacobs Lake at Mangum Springs. Nearly 200 are now on hand fighting that fire which was discovered on Monday afternoon. It is now being reported as 2,238 acres and only 2% contained. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

During the initial attack on the fire, it was discovered that four structures were destroyed in Mangum Camp; two cabins and two outbuildings. Winds increased Thursday afternoon and, unfortunately, the crucial event for Friday and Saturday is critical fire weather. Significant fire growth is expected due to red-flag wind conditions.

Take Precautions to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Coconino County health officials are encouraging individuals to take precautions to protect themselves from health effects of wildfire smoke from the Mangum Fire. The fire is burning approximately 9 miles southwest of Jacob Lake and 16 miles north of the boundary with the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Smoke is visible from both the north and south rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Jacob Lake, Highway 67, Highway 89A, Fredonia, Kanab and Page. Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor. The primary health concern is the small particles. Not everyone who is exposed to smoke will have health problems. Many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke. These factors include the level, extent, and duration of exposure, age, and individual susceptibility.

Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity. People with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as should children and the elderly.
Typical symptoms of exposure to smoke include burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, dizziness and nausea. Closing windows and turning off evaporative coolers when smoke is present helps to reduce exposure to the smoke and should be adequate to protect persons without respiratory problems.

People with pre-existing conditions should avoid exposure to the smoke as much as possible and consult their physician if they have any questions. When smoke levels are high, the appropriate protective measures should be followed.

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