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Special Air Quality Statement
Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke in southwestern parts of Eagle County, including Basalt and El Jebel. Click here for details.

 

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Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for southwestern Eagle County
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, July 20, 2018

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: southwestern Eagle County. Locations include, but are not limited to Basalt and El Jebel.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, July 20, 2018 to 9:00 AM MDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018.

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: Areas of smoke from the Lake Christine Fire are impacting portions of the Roaring Fork Valley Friday morning, particularly in and near Basalt and El Jebel. This smoke will gradually decrease Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, smoke will generally move to the east and southeast of the fire. This will mainly impact the White River National Forest, but occasional periods of light to moderate smoke could move to locations further southeast including Snowmass and Aspen. The winds will turn light Friday night and smoke will again drain towards the Roaring Fork Valley. This could produce periods of moderate to heavy smoke by Saturday morning in Basalt and El Jebel.

Colorado Smoke Outlook

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COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Friday, July 20, 2018, 2:40 PM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for southwestern Eagle County
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, July 20, 2018

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: southwestern Eagle County. Locations include, but are not limited to Basalt and El Jebel.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Friday, July 20, 2018 to 9:00 AM MDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018.

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: Areas of smoke from the Lake Christine Fire are impacting portions of the Roaring Fork Valley Friday morning, particularly in and near Basalt and El Jebel. This smoke will gradually decrease Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, smoke will generally move to the east and southeast of the fire. This will mainly impact the White River National Forest, but occasional periods of light to moderate smoke could move to locations further southeast including Snowmass and Aspen. The winds will turn light Friday night and smoke will again drain towards the Roaring Fork Valley. This could produce periods of moderate to heavy smoke by Saturday morning in Basalt and El Jebel.


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 above.

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

FOR CURRENT AIR QUALITY INFORMATION AND UPDATES:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/advisory.aspx
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/air_quality.aspx

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http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_08-09.pdf

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