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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2:20 PM MDT

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday Moderate concentrations of ozone are possible throughout the Front Range region. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion in those areas on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 8 PM.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Saturday and Sunday

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

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

Visibility is expected to be Good to Moderate on Sunday.


COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2:20 PM MDT

SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES:
The 37,403 acre Beaver Creek Wildfire is located in northwestern Jackson County approximately 24 miles northwest of Walden. The wind at the fire on Saturday afternoon and evening will mainly be out of a west or northwesterly direction. Cool temperatures and scattered overnight showers will help to keep fire activity limited, however any storms that do develop may produce gusty and erratic winds that can send smoke in any direction. Drainage winds in the early morning hours on Sunday will cause smoke to reach lower terrain and may affect the area to the north of the community of Cowdrey and northward to the Wyoming state line.

The 16,562 acre Hayden Pass Wildfire is located in western Fremont County approximately 20 miles southeast of Salida. Lower temperatures will help to limit fire activity, however shower activity is expected to be limited on Saturday evening and into Sunday. Drainage winds overnight may allow smoke to settle into low lying areas and may influence locations such as Coaldale and Texas Creek.

The 127 acre Lost Solar Wildfire located near the Rio Blanco/Garfield county line approximately 24 miles southwest of Meeker. Winds at the fire on Saturday will mainly be out of a westerly direction. Cooler temperatures will help to limit fire activity on Saturday evening. Scattered showers are possible overnight Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning. This activity may produce gusty and erratic winds that could send smoke in any direction.

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.



Public health recommendations for areas affected by smoke: 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. Fine particulates may reach the Unhealthy category where smoke is heavy. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion; everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. 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.

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