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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Monday, June 27, 2022, 2:15 PM MDT

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Monday and the Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range on Tuesday.

-- On Monday, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion until 8pm.

-- On Tuesday, ozone in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category will be most likely for southern and western portions of the Denver metro area, northward along the foothills to include Boulder and Ft. Collins. In these areas, active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion from noon to 8pm on Tuesday. For the remainder of the Front Range region, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion from noon to 10pm on Tuesday.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Monday and Tuesday.

Carbon Monoxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Monday and Tuesday.

Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Monday and Tuesday.

Visibility in Denver on Tuesday is expected to be Good to Moderate.

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Monday, June 27, 2022, 2:20 PM MDT

Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are possible near small wildfires and prescribed burns 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. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. To temporarily relocate to an area with better air quality, consider using this map (https://fire.airnow.gov/) to identify the best area closest to you. IF VISIBILITY IS LESS THAN 5 MILES IN SMOKE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, SMOKE HAS REACHED LEVELS THAT ARE UNHEALTHY.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment/APCD/Technical Services Program
visit us at: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality - all data are preliminary