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Air Quality Health Advisory for Ozone

Issued for northwestern El Paso County
Issued at 2:00 PM MDT, Friday, July 10, 2020

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected Area: northwestern El Paso County. Cities and points of interest include, but are not limited to Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and Monument.

Advisory in Effect: 2:00 PM MDT, Friday, July 10, 2020 to 10:00 PM MDT, Friday, July 10, 2020

Public Health Recommendations: Active children and adults, older adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion within the affected areas.

Emission Reduction Requests: (effective immediately, these steps can help reduce ozone) – Car pool, use public transportation, bike or walk when possible. Combine errands. Refuel cars and trucks after dusk. Mow your lawn after 5pm.

Outlook: Ozone concentrations are expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category in northwestern parts of El Paso County Friday afternoon before improving to the Moderate category by late Friday evening.

Colorado Smoke Outlook

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Friday, July 10, 2020, 2:40 PM MDT

The 293 acre YMCA wildfire is located in central Fremont County, approximately 4 miles west of Canon City. Winds near the fire are expected to from the west for much of the day on Friday. Smoke impacts are expected to be greatest in areas in the immediate vicinity of the fire, and are expected to improve as atmospheric mixing increases throughout the day. Overnight, light drainage winds may allow smoke to settle in low lying terrain in areas near the fire. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke will be possible in locations including, but not limited to, Canon City, Lincoln Park, and Brookside. While impacts to public health are currently expected to remain low, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion in these areas on Friday and Saturday.

Smoke transported from wildfires in Utah and Nevada may produce hazy skies across Colorado on Friday and Saturday. No public health impacts are expected.

Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are also possible near small wildfires and prescribed burns around the state.

What if there is a wildfire or smoke in your area?
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.

Public health recommendations for areas affected by smoke:
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.

Additional Information

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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.

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.

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: