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Colorado Smoke Outlook

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:40 PM MDT

Prescribed burning is planned to take place on Wednesday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, to the northeast of the Denver Metro Area. Smoke from this operation may be visible at times from locations in and around the Denver Metro area and from DIA. Locations within the immediate vicinity may experience periodic, light-to-moderate concentrations of smoke. No significant public health impacts are expected, however, Unusually Sensitive People should consider avoiding this area if possible on Wednesday.

Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are also 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.