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Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke issued for southeastern Colorado

Advisory in Effect: 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, August 24, 2020 to 4:00 PM MDT, Monday, August 24, 2020.

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: Teller, El Paso, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Baca counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, Canon City, Westcliffe, Pueblo, Ordway, Eads, La Junta, Las Animas, Lamar, Walsenburg, Trinidad and Springfield.

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: Areas of moderate to locally heavy smoke have been observed across southeastern Colorado due to smoke transported from both in-state and out-of-state wildfires. Smoke will gradually diminish late Monday morning into early Monday afternoon as atmospheric mixing increases, with the slowest improvement occurring for locations along the Arkansas River Valley.

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 – Colorado.gov/AirQuality

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