Colorado Smoke Outlook

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 2:30 PM MDT

The 17,675 acre Junkins Wildfire is located in portions of eastern Custer and western Pueblo counties, approximately 30 miles southwest of Pueblo. The wind at the fire on Wednesday is expected to be mainly out of a easterly direction. Smoke produced by the fire is expected to be transported to the west on Wednesday. Overnight, light drainage winds will likely allow smoke to reach lower terrain. This may effect locations immediately below the fire, including the communities of Greenwood, Wetmore and Beulah.

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

What if there is a wildfire or smoke in your area?

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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