Colorado Smoke Outlook

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 3:00 PM MDT

The 6,875 acre Lake Christine wildfire is located close to Basalt in Eagle County. Areas of smoke should remain in close vicinity to the fire for much of the day on Wednesday. Winds at the fire will be out of the west or northwest, likely transporting smoke to the east and southeast of the fire during the afternoon and evening hours. Any smoke that is produced Wednesday night will likely drain into the Roaring Fork Valley, possibly bringing periods of mainly light to moderate smoke to Basalt Thursday morning.

Light to moderate smoke is also possible near prescribed fires and small wildfires 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 above.

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.