|Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory continued for West Fork Wildfire.
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This is the Front Range Air Pollution Forecast effective 4PM on Tuesday, June 18, 2013:
No Advisories for Ozone or any other pollutant are in effect until at least 4 p.m. on Wednesday for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley.
Ozone levels should remain below alert levels on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Should atmospheric conditions suggest increased ground-level ozone concentrations, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council will issue an ozone advisory. In addition, if conditions warrant, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will issue advisories for other pollutants. Check this website (http://colorado.gov/airquality/advisory.aspx) often for a report on current air quality conditions and to learn if an ozone action day alert is in effect.
For statewide conditions, forecasts and advisories, visit:
The highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) related AQI at 1 o'clock AM Mountain Standard Time on June 19, 2013, is 38 which indicates Good Particulate Matter (PM2.5) air quality. It was recorded by the CAMP ambient monitor.
|FRONT RANGE AIR QUALITY FORECAST:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 3:00 PM
Ozone concentration levels on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range. The Moderate concentrations of ozone are possible throughout the Front Range region both Tuesday and Wednesday during the afternoons and evenings, but are most likely along the foothills. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion between 2pm and 10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Fine Particulate Matter concentration levels are possible in areas directly impacted by heavy wildfire smoke on Tuesday and Wednesday. In areas not affected by smoke from forest fires, fine particulate levels are expected to be in the Good category on Tuesday and Wednesday. For additional information on current Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories, see the Colorado Smoke Outlook below.
Carbon Monoxide concentration levels are expected to be in the Good category on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nitrogen Dioxide concentration levels are expected to be in the Good category on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Visibility in Denver on Tuesday is expected to be Moderate.
COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Public health recommendations for areas affected by smoke:
For additional information about smoke, visit:
WILDFIRE SMOKE HEALTH ADVISORY
SMOKE FROM FIRES
For more information on air quality, visit:
For an AQI value that considers all pollutants, please click here.
Ground-level ozone is a summertime air pollution problem that is created when other pollutants from sources like vehicle exhaust, paints, degreasing agents and cleaning fluids react with sunlight. Exposure to ground-level ozone can cause acute respiratory problems, reduced lung capacity and inflammation of lung tissues and can trigger asthma attacks.
Ground-level ozone should not be confused with the protective stratospheric ozone layer miles above the Earth's surface. This naturally-occurring ozone layer protects the Earth's surface from excessive ultra-violet radiation.
Do your share and be a part of the solution to the Denver-metropolitan area's summertime air pollution problems. These easy strategies will help reduce the harmful vapors that react in sunlight to create summertime air pollution:
In the Yard:
On the Go:
To learn more about the summer ozone program, visit:
ACTION DAYS: An Action Day for fine particulate matter (particulates), carbon monoxide, ozone or other pollutants indicates that either current air quality is unhealthy or conditions are expected to worsen later in the day or on the next day. Action Days for air pollutants generally indicate that air quality will be in either the Unhealthy or Unhealthy-for-Sensitive-Groups categories according to the Air Quality Index. Action Days trigger voluntary pollution prevention measures, which may vary by season, and public health recommendations. In addition, during the winter 'high pollution day' season (October 31 to March 31), Action Days trigger mandatory residential burning restrictions (see residential burning below).
Action Days for Visibility alone are issued during the winter 'high pollution day' season (October 31 to March 31), only. At the time they are issued (4 PM), action days for visibility indicate that the Visibility Standard Index for visual air quality is expected to be poor on the following day. Action Days for Visibility trigger mandatory residential burning restrictions and voluntary driving reductions for the seven-county Denver-Boulder metropolitan area only (see residential burning below).
The VISIBILITY STANDARD INDEX reports the air's visual quality in the seven-county Denver-Boulder metropolitan area. The visibility standard is 0.076 per kilometer of atmospheric extinction, which means that 7.6 percent of the light in a kilometer of air is blocked. The level must exceed the standard based on a four-hour average for a violation to occur. On the Visibility Standard Index Scale, a value of 101 equates to the 0.076/km standard. Values between 0-50 are good, 51-100 moderate, 101-200 poor and 201-plus extremely poor.
The AIR QUALITY INDEX reports the daily level of air pollution on an hourly basis. The index reports the highest level of either carbon monoxide, fine particulates or ozone depending on which pollutant has the greatest hourly concentration. Values greater than 100 for carbon monoxide, fine particulates and ozone indicate exceedances of the pollutant's state and federal standards. Air Quality Index values between 0-50 are good, 51-100 moderate, 101-150 unhealthy for sensitive groups, 151-200 unhealthy, 201-300 very unhealthy, and over 300 hazardous.
RESIDENTIAL BURNING: On Action Days issued during the winter 'high pollution day' season (October 31 through March 31), mandatory residential burning restrictions generally apply to everyone in the entire seven-county Denver-Boulder metropolitan area below 7,000 feet. The restrictions will be enforced through local ordinances or a state regulation.
The state regulation applies to any community in the seven-county Denver-Boulder metropolitan area that did not have its own mandatory residential burning ordinance in effect on January 1, 1990. Under this regulation, the only exceptions to the residential burning restrictions are for residences above 7,000 feet in the seven-county Denver-Boulder metropolitan area; and those who use Colorado Phase III (Phase II EPA) certified woodburning stoves, Colorado approved pellet stoves, approved masonry heaters or those whose stoves or fireplaces are their primary source of heat. For more information on residential burning restrictions, call the Air Pollution Control Division at (303) 692-3100.
For more, go to: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/woodhome.html
COLORADO OPEN BURN FORECAST: For those with permits for Open Burning, that is burning of waste materials or vegetation outside, check the following webpage to find out if open burning is allowed today:
FOR CURRENT AIR QUALITY INFORMATION AND UPDATES:
ABOUT THE AIR QUALITY INDEX:
The Winter High Pollution Advisory Program is coordinated by the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Winter season air pollution forecasts are issued daily from October 31 through March 31 at 4 p.m. When conditions warrant, forecasts will include information about Action Days and subsequent residential burning restrictions.
An Action Day for fine particulates, carbon monoxide or ozone indicates that either current air quality is unhealthy or conditions are expected to worsen later in the day or on the next day. Action Days for air pollutants generally indicate that air quality will be in either the Unhealthy or Unhealthy-for-Sensitive-Groups categories according to the Air Quality Index. Action Days trigger mandatory residential burning restrictions (see residential burning above), voluntary driving reductions, and public health recommendations.
An Action Day for Visibility alone indicates that the Visibility Standard Index for visual air quality is expected to be poor on the current or following day. An Action Day for Visibility will trigger mandatory residential burning restrictions and voluntary driving reductions for the seven-county Denver-Boulder metropolitan area only (see residential burning above).
When no advisories are issued, air quality is good or moderate and is expected to remain so during the effective period of the forecast. No restrictions are in place.