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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Friday, August 28, 2015, 2:10 PM

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Friday and Saturday.

-- On Friday, Moderate concentrations of ozone are most likely for locations in and near the Denver metro area. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion in those areas on Friday from 2 PM until 10 PM.

-- On Saturday, Moderate concentrations of ozone are most likely for locations along and near the foothills from the northwest suburbs of Denver northward to Ft. Collins. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion in those areas on Saturday from noon until midnight.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Friday and Saturday. 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 is expected to be Poor on Saturday.


COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Friday, August 28, 2015, 2:15 PM

Areas of light to moderate smoke are possible across Colorado on Friday and Saturday, especially across the eastern half of the state. This smoke is being transported from several wildfires burning in other western states. The smoke will likely decrease again starting late Saturday.

Light to moderate smoke will also be possible near prescribed fires and small wildfires 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