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Multiple advisories in effect for poor air quality from wildfire smoke

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:17:45-04

DENVER, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued multiple advisories for poor air quality because of several wildfires.

An Action Day for Particulates is in effect for the Front Range until at least 4 p.m. Wednesday. There could be moderate to heavy smoke with the heaviest smoke likely to be in Larimer and Weld counties because of the Cameron Peak Fire in Larimer County and the Mullen Fire in southern Wyoming.

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CDPHE issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for northeastern Colorado including Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington and Yuma counties until 4 p.m. Wednesday. They expect smoke to be slow to decrease, especially for locations along the Platte River Valley.

Another Air Quality Health Advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday for Grand, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties. This area is also seeing smoke from the Williams Fork Fire. Shifts in wind direction will bring the possibility for heavy smoke through Thursday morning.

CDPHE also issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Routt and Jackson counties until 9 a.m. Thursday.

Poor air quality particularly impacts the very young and the elderly as well as anyone who has conditions like heart disease and respiratory illnesses. Air quality is forecast to be unhealthy for sensitive groups in the Denver, Boulder and Greeley areas and the most serious in Fort Collins. CDPHE tracks the latest Smoke Outlook here. If smoke becomes thick, consider limiting outdoor activities. For more information about smoke and your health, visit this website.