Smoke from a hay fire burning near San Xavier Road and I-19 is fouling the air over the southern parts of Tucson.
The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality issued an air pollution health watch because of the “smoke and the potential for elevated levels of particulate matter in certain areas of town, particularly west and southwest of Tucson.”
People with heart disease or respiratory sensitivities may want to avoid outside exercise or limit exertion and their level of exposure if they are near the fire or smell smoke.
The fire began at the San Xavier Co-Op Farm off Oidak Wog on Tuesday evening, Oct. 1.
According to Tracy Koslowski, public information for Drexel Fire District, no injuries have been reported. Several outbuildings and metal hay barns have been destroyed, she said. No animals were harmed by the fire.