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Colorado Smoke Outlook


COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:40 AM MDT

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.

SMOKE FROM OTHER FIRES:
The 1100 acre Kelso Wildfire is located on the Uncompaghre Plateau approximately 35 miles south of Grand Junction. Showers and thunderstorms on Thursday could produce erratic winds and push smoke in any direction. Drainage winds are expected Thursday night and early Friday, perhaps transporting smoke into Escalante and Delta.

The 2,142 acre Long Draw Fire is located 13 miles northeast of Dolores in Dolores County. Moderate to heavy smoke will remain possible for areas in close vicinity to the fire. Showers and thunderstorms on Thursday could produce erratic winds and push smoke in any direction. Overnight Thursday night into Friday morning, light drainage winds are expected near the fire. This could transport smoke into Dolores.

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