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Colorado Smoke Outlook

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Sunday, August 1, 2021, 8:30 AM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for eastern Colorado
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, August 1, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: eastern Colorado, including Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Las Animas, Elbert, El Paso, Pueblo, and Huerfano counties. Cities include, but are not limited to Sterling, Fort Morgan, Akron, Wray, Limon, Hugo, Burlington, Cheyenne Wells, Ordway, Eads, La Junta, Las Animas, Lamar, Kim, Springfield, Kiowa, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Walsenburg, and Trinidad.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, August 1, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, August 2, 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: Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed across portions of eastern Colorado, moving from northeast to southwest, due to smoke from out-of-state wildfires. Smoke is expected to affect air quality throughout eastern Colorado on Sunday and Monday. Concentrations may vary considerably in different areas at times, however smoke levels may increase sharply at any time across the advisory area.



Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for northern Routt County
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, August 1, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: northern Routt County. Locations include, but are not limited to Glen Eden and Clark.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, August 1, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, August 2, 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: Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed in close proximity to the Morgan Creek wildfire in northern Routt County Sunday morning. Smoke concentrations should gradually decrease late Sunday morning as atmospheric mixing improves. Rain showers and thunderstorms will be possible on Sunday, and may produce gusty erratic, gusty winds that could send smoke in any direction. By late Sunday evening, smoke will begin to drain to lower elevations surrounding the fire. This will likely bring periods of heavy smoke again to areas along Morgan and Reed Creeks, eventually draining into the Elk River Valley and impacting the communities of Glen Eden and Clark through Monday morning.



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.


For additional smoke monitor data and analysis visit: AirNow Sensor Data Pilot (https://fire.airnow.gov/)