Doctors say to minimize smoke exposure from Earth Recycling fire in Minot

Published: May. 18, 2017 at 7:03 PM CDT
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The City of Minot Fire Department along with the First District Health Unit and other departments are conducting tests and monitoring the air quality around the fire.

Officials say there is no need to evacuate the surrounding areas, however Doctors at Trinity hospital say you should reduce your exposure to it as best you can, and that anyone with asthma or any breathing issues should avoid the area completely.

"I actually have the city of Minot doing down in the direction of the smoke and everything is safe so far we will continue to monitor until this fire is contained as of now there no hazards,” said Minot Rural Fire Chief Rex Weltikol.

“The big thing is trying to limit your exposure, closing your windows, if you have an opportunity to get away from the

smoke and stay upwind to reduce your exposure that way would be the best thing you can do to help yourself,” said Dr. Jeffrey Verhey, MD , of Trinity Hospital.

Dr. Verhey also suggests bringing your pets in, so they aren't exposed either.