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Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook

FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Sunday, June 25, 2016, 2:00 PM MDT

Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range on Sunday and Monday.

-- On Sunday, ozone concentrations in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category are most likely for locations along and near the foothills from the southwest suburbs of Denver northward to Ft. Collins. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion in those areas on Sunday from 2 PM until 10 PM.

-- On Monday, ozone concentrations in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category are most likely for locations along and near the foothills from the western suburbs of Denver southward to Colorado Springs. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion in those areas on Monday from 2 PM until 10 PM.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range on Sunday and Monday. Moderate concentrations of fine particulate matter are possible throughout the Front Range region. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Sunday and Monday.

Carbon Monoxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Sunday and Monday.

Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations are expected to be in the Good category on Sunday and Monday.

Visibility on Monday is expected to be Moderate.


COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 2:00 PM MDT

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for Beaver Creek Wildfire in northwestern Jackson County 15 miles northwest of Walden
Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, June 26, 2016

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: From the Beaver Creek Wildfire in northwestern Jackson County to locations to the northeast, east and southeast. Locations include Cowdrey and mainly rural areas of northwestern Jackson County.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Sunday, June 26, 2016 to 8:00 AM MDT, Monday, June 27, 2016

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 heavy smoke are expected in close vicinity to the fire Sunday morning through Monday morning. During the day on Sunday the wind will increase out of the west-northwest, which could transport smoke to locations to the east-southeast of the fire. During the overnight hours Sunday night and into Monday morning, smoke will likely drain into northern parts of North Park. This could potentially pool a significant amount of smoke along Highway 125 from Cowdrey into southern Wyoming.

SMOKE FROM OTHER FIRES:
The 725 acre Kelso Wildfire is located on the Uncompaghre Plateau approximately 35 miles south of Grand Junction. Northwesterly winds on Sunday could transport smoke to locations southeast of the fire. Drainage winds are expected Sunday night and early Monday, perhaps transporting smoke into Escalante and Delta.

The 2,142 acre Long Draw Fire is located 13 miles northeast of Dolores in Dolores County. Moderate to heavy smoke will remain possible for areas in close vicinity to the fire. Northwesterly winds on Sunday could transport smoke to locations southeast of the fire, perhaps towards Mancos. Overnight Sunday night into Monday morning, light drainage winds are expected near the fire. This could transport smoke into Dolores.

What if there is a wildfire or smoke in your area that is not reported above?

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.

For additional information about smoke, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx


Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment/APCD/Technical Services Program
visit us at: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality - all data are preliminary