Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Affected Area:   portions of the San Luis Valley, including Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla Counties.  Locations include, but are not limited to, South Fork, Creede, Del Norte, Saguache, Alamosa, La Jara and San Luis.


Advisory in Effect Wednesday, June 17, 2020


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:  Heavy smoke from the East Canyon and Loading Pen wildfires in Montezuma County, and the Six Shooter wildfire in La Plata County was observed across large sections of southwestern Colorado on Tuesday. Dry conditions and gusty winds are expected again today. Several large wildfires in Arizona are producing enormous amounts of smoke that is being transported into Colorado and contributing to the smoke from Colorado fires. Hazy skies are likely for locations throughout Colorado on Wednesday and possible in the days to follow. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

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