Colorado Smoke Outlook

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 2:40 PM MDT

The 20 acre 441 wildfire is located in La Plata County, approximately 5 miles northeast of Durango and 8 miles north of Highway 160. While this fire is currently small and is under management of forest managers, it will be allowed to grow within a predefined management area of approximately 2,000 acres. This may allow the fire to grow in size and for smoke production to increase. Smoke from this fire may be visible at times from Durango, Bayfield, and along Highway 160 in this area. No significant public health impacts are expected.

The 219 acre Reveille wildfire is located in western Huerfano County, approximately 10 miles north of Gardner. Smoke from this fire will likely be visible from Highway 69 in areas to the north and northwest of Gardner, and south of Westcliffe. No public health impacts are currently expected from this fire.

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.