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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Monday, July 6, 2015, 2:05 PM

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Monday and Tuesday.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Monday and Tuesday. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Monday and Tuesday.

Carbon Monoxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Monday and Tuesday.

Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Monday and Tuesday.

Visibility is expected to be Moderate to Poor on Tuesday.


COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Monday, July 6, 2015, 2:10 PM

WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORY
Issued for parts of northeastern Colorado
Issued at 2:00 PM MDT, Monday, July 6, 2015
Affected Area: parts of northeastern Colorado, including Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Morgan, Washington, Yuma and eastern parts of Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties. Cities include, but are not limited to Sterling, Julesburg, Holyoke, Ft. Morgan, Akron, Wray, and Deer Trail
Advisory in Effect: 2:00 PM MDT Monday 07/06/15 to 9:00 AM MDT Tuesday 07/07/15

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.

Outlook: Light to locally heavy smoke transported from large wildfires in Canada will impact northeastern Colorado Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. By late Tuesday morning, increasing southeasterly winds with improved atmospheric mixing should disperse any lingering smoke.

Light to moderate smoke is also possible near prescribed fires and small wildfires elsewhere around the state.

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