Colorado Smoke Outlook

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.