Smoke from wildfires blowing into Front Range

DENVER - State health officials have issued Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories Thursday as winds out of the south continue to blow smoke from Lime Gulch Fire and the West Fork Complex Fires into the Front Range.

The Lime Gulch Fire is burning in southern Jefferson County and the West Fork Complex Fires are burning on Wolf Creek Pass in southwest Colorado.

The National Weather Service says winds out of the south will blow 8 to 13 mph Thursday, with gusts as high as 21 mph. This will continue to push smoke toward the Front Range.

The outlook is that "light to heavy smoke will impact areas to the east and northeast of the Lime Gulch Fire today. Light to heavy smoke from the Lime Gulch and the West Fork Complex Fires will impact portions of the whole area," the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said.

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.

Here's a the full listing of Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories for Thursday.

Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory

Issued for southern parts of the Front Range to include areas near the Lime Gulch fire east/northeast into the Denver Metro area and south into El Paso County to include Colorado Springs

Issued at 9:00 AM Thursday 6/20/13

Affected Area:   From the Lime Gulch Wildfire in southern Jefferson County to the east including Foxton, Buffalo Creek, Roxborough Park, Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, Parker, Centennial and much of the Denver metro area and south along the Front Range into El Paso County to include Colorado Springs. 

Advisory in Effect</u>: 9:00 AM Thursday 6/20/13 to 9:00 Aparts M Friday 6/21/13

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.

<u>Outlook:</u> Light to Heavy smoke will impact areas to the east and northeast of the Lime Gulch Fire today.  Light to heavy smoke from the Lime Gulch and the West Fork Complex Fires will impact portions of the whole area.   <br><br>

For the latest Smoke Outlook, visit:

http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:

http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

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Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory

For Southeast Colorado

Issued by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Issued at 9:00 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013

Affected Area:  Pueblo, Huerfano, Lincoln, Crowley, Otero, and the northern portion of Las Animas counties. 

Advisory in Effect: 9:00 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013 to 9:00 AM Friday, June 21, 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. 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:  Moderate to heavy smoke from the West Fork Complex and Scout Ranch Fires will move across this area today and tonight. Cities in this area include but are not limited to Pueblo, Walsenburg, Rocky Ford, and La Junta.

Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory

Continued for West Fork Complex Wildfires in Mineral County 15 miles north of Pagosa Springs

Issued by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Issued at 9:00 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013

Affected Area: From the West Fork Complex Wildfire in Mineral County to the north and east including Creede, South Fork, Del Norte, Saguache, Monte Vista, Alamosa, Salida, Buena Vista, Hartsel, Cotopaxi, Westcliffe, Cripple Creek and Canon City and also south of the fire to the San Juan and lower Piedra River Valleys including Pagosa Springs and Piedra.

Advisory in Effect: 9:00 AM Thursday, June 20, 2013 to 9:00 AM Friday, June 21, 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. 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:  Areas of moderate to heavy smoke will persist this morning near the fire along with locations off to the north and east, including but limited to the San Luis Valley, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and South Park.  Southwest winds will once again increase mid to late Thursday morning keeping periods of moderate to heavy smoke near the fire including Creede and South Fork, but also for locations well to the east and northeast of the fire.  Cities impacted by periods of moderate to heavy smoke through Thursday evening include, but are not limited to Del Norte, Saguache, Monte Vista, Alamosa, Salida, Buena Vista, Hartsel, Cotopaxi, Westcliffe, Cripple Creek and Canon City.  By late Thursday evening the winds will lighten and drainage flow could produce moderate to heavy smoke overnight for areas to the south of the fire in the San Juan and lower Piedra River Valleys, including Pagosa Springs and Piedra.  Smoke is also likely overnight in some areas to the north and northeast of the fire, especially from Creede eastward down the Rio Grande River into South Fork and the northern San Luis Valley including Del Norte and Monte Vista.