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Colorado Smoke Outlook

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Friday, June 14, 2024, 8:15 AM MDT

Smoke impacts continue to be minimal on Friday morning in areas near the 585 acre Interlaken wildfire in southern Lake and northern Chaffee counties. Light winds and good atmospheric mixing are expected to loft smoke away from the surface on Friday, resulting in minimal public health impacts. Thunderstorms are also possible in this area on Friday. These may produce gusty, erratic winds that may increase fire behavior and send smoke in any direction. CDPHE/APCD will continue to monitor fire activity and smoke production, and will re-issue advisories for smoke if concentrations increase. Light to moderate concentrations of smoke may linger in lower terrain in areas near Twin Lakes, particularly during the overnight and early morning hours. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion in areas where smoke is present.

The 323 acre Snow Ranch wildfire is located in western Archuleta County, approximately 11 miles west of Pagosa Springs. Thunderstorms are also possible in this area on Friday. These may produce gusty, erratic winds that may increase fire behavior and send smoke in any direction. Smoke will be visible along Highway 160 between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield, and may settle in low lying terrain during the overnight and early morning hours in area near the fire. Although public health impacts are expected to remain minimal, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion in areas where smoke is present.

Light to moderate concentrations of smoke are also possible near small wildfires and other 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. To temporarily relocate to an area with better air quality, consider using this map (https://fire.airnow.gov/) to identify the best area closest to you. 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/)