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Subject: [Winterairquality.denvermetro] Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory for portions of south-central and southwest Colorado
To: Thomas McNamara <Thomas.McNamara@co.laplata.co.us>
Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory
Issued for portions of south-central and southwest Colorado
Issued by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Issued at 9:00 AM Saturday, June 29, 2013
Affected Area: Portions of south-central and southwest Colorado, including the San Juan, Piedra and upper Rio Grande River Valleys and sections of the Rio Grande and San Juan National Forests. Cities impacted include, but are not limited to Pagosa Springs, Piedra, Arboles, Spar City, Creede, South Fork, Lake City, Silverton, South Fork, Del Norte, Durango, Cortez, Telluride, and Montrose.
Advisory in Effect: 9:00 AM Saturday, June 29, 2013 to 9:00 AM Sunday, June 30, 2013
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. Fine particulates may reach the Unhealthy category where smoke is heavy. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion; everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. 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: Light winds under the high pressure system over the Great Basin will keep smoke from wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico over much of south-central and southwestern Colorado. Afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms will cause some areas to mix the smoke out and cause other areas to have increased smoke impacts today. The largest smoke impacts will be in areas where the smoke pools overnight and in the early to mid morning. In some valleys where the pooling occurs like the Rio Grande River Valley west of Del Norte Variable the smoke may not mix out until showers and thunderstorms move across in the afternoon. Cities potentially impacted include, but are not limited to Pagosa Springs, Piedra, Arboles, Spar City, Creede, South Fork, Lake City, Silverton, South Fork, Del Norte, Durango, Cortez, Telluride, and Montrose.
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