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Colorado Smoke Outlook

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 8:30 AM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for Teller County
Issued at 9:00 AM MDT, Sunday, May 15, 2022

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: southern Teller County. Locations include, but are not limited to, Cripple Creek, Victor, Florissant, and Divide.

Advisory in Effect: 9:00 AM MDT, Sunday, May 15, 2022 to 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, May 16, 2022.

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: Smoke from the High Park wildfire will affect the advisory area through Sunday and into Monday morning. Winds will mainly come from the north or northwest on Sunday, shifting to come from the south Sunday evening. The greatest impacts from smoke are expected in areas in the immediate vicinity of the fire, and during overnight hours along the Fourmile Creek drainage, south of Wrights Reservoir.



Hazy skies and light to moderate concentrations of smoke are possible throughout eastern Colorado due to wildfire smoke from out-of-state wildfires. In areas with increased concentrations of fine particulates (smoke), unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are 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. To temporarily relocate to an area with better air quality, consider using this map (https://fire.airnow.gov/) to identify the best area closest to you. 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/)