Colorado Smoke Outlook

Monday, September 25, 2023, 7:15 AM MDT

Several prescribed burns are scheduled for Monday in various parts of the state, including near Lakewood, Salida, Dove Creek, Pagosa Springs, and Gateway. Although unhealthy levels of smoke are not anticipated at any of these fires, smoke will be visible and could be light to moderate at times. Unusually sensitive people in close vicinity of these fires should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion when smoke is present. Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are also possible near small wildfires and other 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 ( 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 (