Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke
Issued for north-central and northwestern Colorado
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Affected Area: Routt, Jackson, Grand, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Pitkin, Lake, and Park Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Steamboat Springs, Walden, Hot Sulphur Springs, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Central City, Georgetown, Aspen, Leadville, and Fairplay.
Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Thursday, August 12, 2021.
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: Moderate to heavy concentrations of smoke from out-of-state wildfires will continue to move into Colorado on Wednesday, affecting northwestern and north-central Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday. Expect the heaviest smoke impacts in sheltered valley locations where atmospheric mixing is more limited. Some intermittent clearing is possible on Wednesday, however residual health impacts may linger from prolonged exposure to elevated smoke concentrations.
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