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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:10 PM MST

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Friday.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Friday. Moderate concentrations of fine particulates are most likely throughout the northern Colorado Front Range region, including the Denver Metro area, Fort Collins, and Greeley. In these areas unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Friday.

Carbon Monoxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Friday.

Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Friday. Moderate concentrations of nitrogen dioxide are most likely for locations near busy roadways within the Denver Metro area, particularly between the hours of 6-10 AM on Friday morning, and again between 6-10 PM on Friday evening. For health recommendations, see fine particulate matter above.

Visibility is expected to be Moderate to Poor on Friday.

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK
Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00 AM MST

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. 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