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Summit County Government

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

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Affected area includes Summit County and neighboring counties

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator - Public Health

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke for Routt, Eagle, Jackson, Grand, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Pitkin, Lake, Park, northern Mesa, central and eastern Garfield and eastern Rio Blanco counties. 

Affected Area:  Routt, Eagle, Jackson, Grand, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Pitkin, Lake, Park, northern Mesa, central and eastern Garfield, and eastern Rio Blanco counties.  Locations include, but are not limited to Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Eagle, Avon, Vail, Walden, Kremmling, Granby, Georgetown, Central City, Aspen, Leadville, Fairplay, Grand Junction, Palisade, De Beque, Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Meeker.

Advisory in Effect:  9:00 AM MDT, Friday, August 14, 2020 to 9:00 AM MDT, Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Public Health Recommendations: 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.

Outlook: Widespread heavy smoke has been observed across large sections of northern, central, and western Colorado due to the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek wildfires.  Smoke will gradually diminish Friday morning as atmospheric mixing increases, with the slowest improvement occurring in valley locations.  By Friday afternoon the wind at the fires will be out of a west to northwest direction.  This will bring periods of moderate to heavy smoke for areas to the east and southeast of both wildfires, possibly including locations as far away as the Continental Divide. By late Friday evening smoke will begin to drain into lower lying areas surrounding both fires.  This will bring longer duration, heavy smoke through early Saturday morning to several drainages near the Pine Gulch wildfire including into the De Beque and Grand Junction areas. Meanwhile, heavy overnight smoke from the Grizzly Creek wildfire will impact locations along Interstate 70 in central and eastern Garfield County.

For more information describing wildfire smoke and protective measures in the context of COVID-19, visit the Summit County Public Health Blog.

Local air quality information is available at the Summit County Government wildfire smoke page.

Consult the CDC COVID-19 Self-Checker if you are experiencing symptoms, to help you determine whether you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

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Aviso de salud sobre la calidad del aire para el humo de incendios forestales

El área afectada incluye el Condado de Summit y los condados vecinos

Contacto: Nicole Valentine, Coordinadora de Asuntos Públicos, Salud Pública del Condado de Summit

CONDADO DE SUMMIT – El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHEha emitido un aviso de salud sobre la calidad del aire para el humo de incendios forestales para los condados de Routt, Eagle, Jackson, Grand, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Pitkin, Lake, Park, norte de Mesa, centro y este de Garfield y este de Río Blanco.

Área afectada: Los Condados de Routt, Eagle, Jackson, Grand, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Pitkin, Lake, Park, norte de Mesa, centro y este de Garfield y este de Río Blanco. Las ubicaciones incluyen, entre otras, Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Eagle, Avon, Vail, Walden, Kremmling, Granby, Georgetown, Central City, Aspen, Leadville, Fairplay, Grand Junction, Palisade, De Beque , Paracaídas, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale y Meeker.

 Aviso vigente: 9:00 a.m. MDT, Viernes 14 de agosto de 2020 a 9:00 a.m. MDT, Sábado 15 de agosto de 2020.

Recomendaciones de Salud Pública: Si el humo es denso o se vuelve denso en su vecindario, es posible que desee permanecer adentro. Esto es especialmente cierto para las personas con enfermedades cardíacas, enfermedades respiratorias, los muy jóvenes y los ancianos. Considere limitar la actividad al aire libre cuando hay humo de moderado a denso. Considere la posibilidad de mudarse temporalmente si hay humo en el interior y lo está enfermando. Si la visibilidad es de menos de 5 millas en el humo en su vecindario, el humo ha alcanzado niveles que no son saludables.

Perspectiva: Se ha observado humo denso y generalizado en grandes secciones del norte, centro y oeste de Colorado debido a los incendios forestales de Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek. El humo disminuirá gradualmente el Viernes por la mañana a medida que aumenta la mezcla atmosférica, y la mejora más lenta se produce en las ubicaciones de los valles. Para el Viernes por la tarde, el viento en los incendios será de oeste a noroeste. Esto traerá períodos de humo de moderado a denso para las áreas al este y sureste de ambos incendios forestales, posiblemente incluyendo ubicaciones tan lejanas como la División Continental. A última hora del Viernes por la noche, el humo comenzará a drenar hacia las áreas más bajas que rodean ambos incendios. Esto traerá humo denso y de mayor duración hasta la madrugada del Sábado a varios drenajes cerca del incendio forestal de Pine Gulch, incluidas las áreas de De Beque y Grand Junction. Mientras tanto, el humo denso durante la noche del incendio forestal de Grizzly Creek afectará lugares a lo largo de la Interestatal 70 en el centro y este del condado de Garfield.

Para obtener más información que describe el humo de los incendios forestales y las medidas de protección en el contexto de COVID-19, visite el Summit County Public Health Blog.

La información local sobre la calidad del aire está disponible en Summit County Government wildfire smoke page.

Consulte al autoevaluación de COVID-19 de los CDC si tiene síntomas, para que le ayude a determinar si necesita más evaluaciones o pruebas para detectar COVID-19.

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