CDPHE: Air quality health advisory in Garfield County for wildfire smoke

Issued for north-central and northwestern Colorado

Issued at 8 a.m. MDT, Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected area:  Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Grand, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Mesa, Pitkin, Lake, and Park Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Craig, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Hot Sulphur Springs, Meeker, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Central City, Georgetown, Grand Junction, Aspen, Leadville, and Fairplay.

Advisory in effect:  8 a.m. MDT, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to 9 a.m. MDT, Wednesday, August 11, 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: Moderate to heavy concentrations of smoke from California wildfires will continue to move into Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday, affecting northwestern and north-central portions of Colorado.  Expect the heaviest smoke impacts in sheltered valley locations where atmospheric mixing is more limited. Some intermittent clearing is possible on Tuesday and Wednesday, however residual health impacts may linger from prolonged exposure to elevated smoke concentrations.
 

For the latest smoke outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

CDPHE: Air quality health advisory in Garfield County for wildfire smoke