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Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for southern portions of Routt County
Issued at 3:30 PM MDT, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: southern portions of Routt County. Locations include, but are not limited to Yampa and Taponas.

Advisory in Effect: 3:30 PM MDT, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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: Moderate to heavy smoke from the Muddy Slide wildfire will move to the east and southeast of the fire through Tuesday evening, and mostly remain aloft which will minimize public health impacts. However, by late Tuesday evening smoke will begin to settle and drain downslope towards populated areas. This will bring the possibility for periods of moderate to heavy smoke to Yampa and Toponas through early Wednesday morning.

Colorado Smoke Outlook

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COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 2:15 PM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for southern portions of Routt County
Issued at 3:30 PM MDT, Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: southern portions of Routt County. Locations include, but are not limited to Yampa and Toponas.

Advisory in Effect: 3:30 PM MDT, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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: Moderate to heavy smoke from the Muddy Slide wildfire will move to the east and southeast of the fire through Tuesday evening, and mostly remain aloft which will minimize public health impacts. However, by late Tuesday evening smoke will begin to settle and drain downslope towards populated areas. This will bring the possibility for periods of moderate to heavy smoke to Yampa and Toponas through early Wednesday morning.



The 3300 acre West wildfire is located in northwestern Moffat County near the Colorado/Wyoming state line. Westerly winds at the fire could send smoke across northern Moffat and into Routt and Jackson Counties through Tuesday evening, possibly bringing periods of mainly light to moderate smoke to Craig, Steamboat Springs, and Walden. Overnight smoke will generally stay in close vicinity to the fire through Wednesday morning.

The 7183 acre Oil Springs wildfire is located in southwestern Rio Blanco County. Smoke from the fire will be transported east and northeast of the fire through Tuesday evening, perhaps bringing periods of light to moderate smoke to Meeker and White River City. Overnight smoke will likely drain into the North Fork Texas Creek drainage and remain away from populated areas.

The 2630 acre Sylvan wildfire is located in southern Eagle County 12 miles south of Eagle and just to the west-southwest of Sylvan Lake State Park. West to northwest winds at the fire will send smoke to the east and southeast through Tuesday evening, perhaps bringing periods of light to moderate smoke to Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Fairplay, and Leadville. Overnight smoke will likely drain into Sylvan Lake State Park and Gypsum Creek.

The 70 acre Wild Cow wildfire is located in western Garfield County approximately 30 miles northwest of Grand Junction. West to southwest winds at the fire will push smoke to the east and northeast, with smoke mainly impacting unpopulated areas of Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties through Tuesday evening. Overnight smoke will remain in drainages close to the fire, including Coal, Spring and Long Canyons through Wednesday morning.

Generally hazy skies and light to moderate concentrations of smoke can be expected statewide on Tuesday and Wednesday due to smoke transported from both in-state and out-of-state wildfires. Throughout Colorado, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.


Additional Information

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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:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/burn_forecast.aspx

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http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/air_quality.aspx

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