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Posted on: August 16, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

  Air Quality Notification 

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for large portions of western Colorado

Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Thursday, August 16, 2018


Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: large portions of western Colorado, including Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Grand, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Delta, Pitkin, Gunnison, Lake, Chaffee, Park, Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores, and Montezuma Counties. Locations and points of interest include, but are not limited to Craig, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Hot Sulphur Springs, Meeker, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand Junction, Delta, Aspen, Gunnison, Leadville, Salida, Fairplay, Montrose, Dove Creek, and Cortez.

Advisory in Effect
: 8:00 AM MDT, Thursday, August 16, 2018 to 9:00 AM MDT, Friday, August 17, 2018.

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook:  Widespread smoke from several in-state and out-of-state fires is impacting large sections of western Colorado. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected Thursday through Wednesday morning within the advisory area, especially in areas near local wildfires. The highest impacted areas will include locations near the <b>Bull Draw</b> Fire near the Montrose/Mesa County line, the <b>Cabin Lake</b> Fire in Rio Blanco County, and the <b>Silver Creek</b> Fire near the Routt County/Grand County line. Additional fire activity is possible near the <b>Plateau</b> Fire near the Dolores/Montezuma County line.

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