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Colorado Smoke Outlook

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COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 8:40 AM MDT

The 44 acre Oak Meadow wildfire is located in eastern Garfield County, approximately 8 miles south of Glenwood Springs. Winds at the fire on Sunday will be out of the northwest, transporting smoke from this fire to thesoutheast of the fire. Smoke may be visible from Highway 117/4 Mile Road. Rain showers and thunderstorms are possible in the are a throughout the day on Sunday, and may produce gusty, erratic winds that can send smoke in any direction. Overnight, smoke may drain to lower lying areas and bring light to moderate smoke concentrations to locations immediately below the fire.

The 34,287 acre 416 wildfire is located in northern La Plata County, approximately 10 miles north of Durango. Winds on Sunday will be out of the west, and may be breezy to moderate at times, carrying smoke to east of the fire. Smoke from this fire will be visible from Highway 550 between, and including, Durango and Hermosa as well as surrounding areas. Overnight, smoke may drain to lower lying areas and bring light to moderate smoke concentrations to locations immediately below the fire.

The 17,414 acre Trail Mountain wildfire is located in central Utah, approximately 145 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado. Smoke from this fire is being transported to the east of the fire, and is causing hazy skies, but no major health impacts, in far western portions of Colorado.

The 20,357 acre Badger Creek wildfire is located in Albany County, Wyoming, just north of the Colorado State Line, approximately 38 miles southwest of Laramie. Winds on Sunday will be out of the northwest, and may be breezy to moderate at times. This will likely transport smoke to the southeast affecting rural parts of Albany County and possibly locations as far south as the Colorado State line. Chances for rain showers and thunderstorms increase on Sunday. No public health impacts are expected. Overnight, smoke may drain to lower lying areas and bring light to moderate smoke concentrations to locations immediately below the fire.


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.


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

ABOUT THE AIR QUALITY INDEX:
http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_08-09.pdf

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