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Light smoke not expected to be significant health concern
Dan Hendershott, Environmental Health Manager: 970-668-4073
Amy Wineland, Public Health Director: 970-9195
SUMMIT COUNTY - Because of wildfire activity in surrounding counties, smoke is visible in Summit County. While smoke levels may increase, especially in low-lying areas or valleys, light smoke is not expected to be a significant health concern.
If wildfire smoke causes visibility to be less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, smoke levels are unhealthy. References of 5-mile visibility are as follows:
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. To mitigate exposure to smoke, public health officials are urging residents and visitors, especially high-risk individuals, to take the following precautions:
For more information, contact Summit County Public Health (970-668–9161) or the Environmental Health Department (970-668-4070). Or get statewide air quality information from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.