Albuquerque is known for exceptional air quality; it is among one of the cleanest cities in the United States. During the dry, windy months, however, smoke from wildfires and blowing dust can become a concern. The Albuquerque Air Quality Division issues health alerts in these situations.
Due to Albuquerque's arid climate and the risk of fires, burn restrictions are issued on a daily basis. Before using a wood-burning stove, fireplace or building a campfire, the day's burn status must be checked.