Workers who can’t escape the bad air

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NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (News4Utah) — The local fires, the ozone, and the massive wildfires in California are creating a suffocating mix for everyone in the Beehive State.
Some of us can stay indoors to escape, but for those working outside, there is no relief.
Anthony Barela, Iron Worker, ‘I do all the rebar on the bridge.’
Construction workers, kicking up dust, along a busy highway at Redwood Road and I-215, can’t be any good.
Pouring water over it can help, but for Anthony Barela, it’s an all day affair.
‘8 hours is my max and sometimes it’s more.’
Even in the news business, there’s no escaping the bad air.
News photographer Brigham Larsen, finds himself gasping for air at times.
‘During the day, I’ll be going, I’ll feel the need to cough. Even since we’ve been out here, I’ve had to cough a few different times.’

Sensitive groups including those who suffer lung and heart conditions may find themselves struggling to breathe.
Even Brigham, who doesn’t have full blown asthma says, he has to make do.
‘With TV news, we have to get into every single one of those aspects. We’re out here doing stories on construction. We’re doing stories on the wildfire. When Dollar Ridge happened, I was up there a week straight up in the middle of it near the smoke dealing with it. Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do.’
But Anthony says, there’s a brighter side. It can’t last forever.
‘There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.’
For hour by hour air quality updates:https://https://air.utah.gov/

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