Colorado Smoke Outlook

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 1:45 PM MDT

The 371 acre Spring Glade wildfire is located in Larimer County near the Coyote Ridge area and Horsetooth Reservoir, between Fort Collins and Loveland. Smoke from this fire may be visible in the surrounding areas, including parts of Loveland, Windsor, Timnath, Fort Collins, and possibly Greeley. Winds at the fire will be generally out of the southeast on Sunday shifting to come from the south on Sunday night, this will likely transport smoke to the northwest or north of the fire. Light to moderate smoke concentrations are possible in areas in the immediate vicinity of the fire, including the Rim Rock and Stout areas of southwestern Fort Collins and portions of northwestern Loveland. Overnight Sunday night and early on Monday morning, light drainage winds will allow smoke to settle into lower terrain below the fire. This will likely affect locations in the Horsetooth reservoir area, and locations near and adjacent to the Coyote Ridge Open Space, as well as portions of southwestern Fort Collins and northwestern Loveland. If smoke becomes noticeable or thick in your area, please refer to health recommendations below.

Several additional, smaller wildfires have been reported around the Northern Colorado area, in the vicinity of Loveland and southern Fort Collins. Currently, no public health threat due to these fires is known, however, localized areas of smoke may be present from these fires.

Light to moderate smoke is 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 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. Fine particulates may reach the Unhealthy category where smoke is heavy. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion; everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. 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.