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Colorado Smoke Outlook

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Monday, September 26, 2016, 1:20 PM MDT

The 470 acre Silver Creek Wildfire is located in Routt County approximately 10 miles east of Phippsburg. The wind will generally be out of a north or northwesterly direction on Monday. Any smoke that is produced by the fire will likely be transported to locations south or southeast of the fire, which would likely remain confined to the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area. During the overnight hours Monday night, light drainage winds may allow smoke to move towards lower terrain. This may effect areas in the vicinity of Stagecoach State Park.

The 4,417 acre Lost Solar Wildfire is located in Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties, approximately 24 miles southeast of Meeker. Wind will generally be out of a north to northwesterly direction on Monday. Any smoke that is produced by the fire will likely be transported to locations south or southeast of the fire. During the overnight hours on Monday night, light drainage winds may allow smoke to move towards lower terrain below the fire site. This may effect areas within the South Fork White River drainage, including the community of Buford where areas of light to perhaps moderate smoke are possible late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Several prescribed fires are expected across southwestern parts of Colorado during the month of September. These fires could produce periods of visible smoke throughout the region. Moderate to perhaps heavy smoke will be possible at times, particularly during the early morning hours. Please click for more information on wood smoke and your health.

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.

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ACTION DAYS: An Action Day for fine particulate matter (particulates), carbon monoxide, ozone or other pollutants indicates that either current air quality is unhealthy or conditions are expected to worsen later in the day or on the next day. Action Days for air pollutants generally indicate that air quality will be in either the Unhealthy or Unhealthy-for-Sensitive-Groups categories according to the Air Quality Index. Action Days trigger voluntary pollution prevention measures, which may vary by season, and public health recommendations.

The AIR QUALITY INDEX reports the daily level of air pollution on an hourly basis. The index reports the highest level of either carbon monoxide, fine particulates or ozone depending on which pollutant has the greatest hourly concentration. Values greater than 100 for carbon monoxide, fine particulates and ozone indicate exceedances of the pollutant's state and federal standards. Air Quality Index values between 0-50 are good, 51-100 moderate, 101-150 unhealthy for sensitive groups, 151-200 unhealthy, 201-300 very unhealthy, and over 300 hazardous.

COLORADO OPEN BURN FORECAST: For those with permits for Open Burning, that is burning of waste materials or vegetation outside, check the following webpage to find out if open burning is allowed today: