Colorado Smoke Outlook

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 2:30 PM MDT

The 4,778 acre Silver Creek Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Kremmling, CO near the Routt County/Grand County line. Winds on Sunday and Monday will come from the northwest, carrying smoke to the southeast of the fire, with gusty and erratic winds possible with isolated storms. Overnight Sunday night into Monday morning, smoke will settle into low lying areas along the Yampa Valley to the west of the fire, as well as the Williams Fork Reservoir area to the east. Smoke from this fire will be visible from Kremmling, Yampa, Phippsburg, and Steamboat Springs.

The 6,072 acre Cabin Lake Fire is located 16 miles SE of Meeker, CO in Rio Blanco County. On Sunday afternoon, smoke from this fire will be transported to the south from northerly winds to remote parts of northeastern Garfield county. Sunday evening through Monday morning, smoke will settle along the Elf Creek drainage to the White River Valley. Low lying areas will experience moderate smoke including the town of Meeker and surrounding areas.

Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are also possible near smaller wildfires and prescribed burns around the state. Additionally, widespread smoke from several out-of-state fires may impact large sections of northwestern Colorado. If conditions are known to exist that threaten public health, Air Quality Health Advisories will be issued.

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.