|Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke extended for northwestern Jackson County until 8 AM Friday.|
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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, Thursday, June 30, 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, Thursday, June 30, 2016 to 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, July 1, 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: Periods of rain and mainly light winds are expected near the fire on Thursday. This should keep most of the smoke in close vicinity to the fire through Thursday afternoon. Rain will likely decrease Thursday evening with drainage flow redeveloping late Thursday night. Much like previous nights, this will likely transport smoke into northern parts of North Park through early Friday morning. The heaviest smoke is expected for locations along Highway 125 from Cowdrey into southern Wyoming.
COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
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.
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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:
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