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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Friday, June 24, 2016, 2:05 PM MDT

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Friday and Saturday. Moderate concentrations of ozone are possible throughout the Front Range region. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion on Friday and Saturday from noon until 10 PM.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Friday and Saturday. Moderate concentrations of fine particulate matter are possible throughout the Front Range region. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Friday and Saturday.

Carbon Monoxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Friday and Saturday.

Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Friday and Saturday.

Visibility on Saturday is expected to be Moderate.


COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Friday, June 24, 2016, 2:05 PM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for Beaver Creek Wildfire in northwestern Jackson County 15 miles northwest of Walden
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, June 24, 2016

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: From the Beaver Creek Wildfire in northwestern Jackson County to locations to the northeast, east and southeast. Locations include Cowdrey and mainly rural areas of northwestern Jackson County.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, June 24, 2016 to 8:00 AM MDT, Saturday, June 25, 2016

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: Areas of moderate to heavy smoke are expected in close vicinity to the fire Friday morning through Saturday morning. During the day on Friday the wind will increase out of the west-southwest, which could transport smoke to locations to the east-northeast of the fire. Thunderstorms are also possible near the fire Friday afternoon with erratic winds, which could send smoke in any direction. During the overnight hours Friday night and into Saturday morning, smoke will likely drain into northern parts of North Park. This could potentially pool a significant amount of smoke along Highway 125 from Cowdrey northward to the Wyoming state line.

SMOKE FROM OTHER FIRES:
Wildfires from other western states could periodically impact Colorado with areas of haze and smoke on Friday and Saturday. Haze and smoke will be most evident during the morning hours, but should gradually decrease during the afternoons as atmospheric mixing increases.

What if there is a wildfire or smoke in your area that is not reported above?

The focus of the Colorado Smoke Outlook is on large fires (e.g., greater than 100 acres in size). Nevertheless, smoke from smaller fires, prescribed fires, and/or smoke from new fires not yet known to CDPHE air quality meteorologists may cause locally heavy smoke. If there is smoke in your neighborhood, see the public health recommendations below.

For additional information about smoke, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx


Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment/APCD/Technical Services Program
visit us at: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality - all data are preliminary