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Colorado Smoke Outlook

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Monday, June 14, 2021, 7:35 AM MDT

Areas of light to moderate smoke are possible across the portions of Delta, Mesa, and Garfield Counties, particularly in valley locations. Smoke will gradually decrease throughout the late morning hours, however any increase in fire activity at the Pack Creek wildfire in eastern Utah may increase smoke in these areas, particularly during late evening and overnight hours.

In these areas, as well as in other parts of Colorado not mentioned above, hazy skies and generally light to moderate concentrations of smoke are possible from wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Across Colorado, particularly for locations on the Western Slope, interior mountain valley locations, and busier metropolitan areas, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Monday.

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.


For additional smoke monitor data and analysis visit: AirNow Sensor Data Pilot (https://fire.airnow.gov/)