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Skies will stay hazy this week as smoke from out-of-state wildfires covers Colorado

Sloan Lake hazy sunset with smoke_Sept 6 2021
Posted at 11:03 AM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 14:01:59-04

Colorado will see an increase in smoke from out-of-state wildfires on Tuesday and throughout much of this week.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said the highest concentrations of smoke will likely stay in northwestern, north-central, and west-central Colorado, including areas around Steamboat Springs, Vail, Craig, and Grand Junction.

An Air Quality Health Advisory for Ozone has also been issued for the Front Range until 4 p.m. Tuesday, if not later. This includes Douglas County north to Larimer County and Weld County.

A second Air Quality Health Advisory for Ozone is in place until 8 p.m. Wednesday for northern Teller County and northwestern El Paso County, including Woodland Park, Florissant, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Monument.

A third advisory went into effect at noon Tuesday and will last through 9 a.m. Wednesday for the counties of Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Grand, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Delta, Pitkin, Lake, Montrose, Gunnison, Chaffee, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, and La Plata.

The CDPHE recommends that active people, older adults, and people with lung diseases should limit exercising outdoors Tuesday if they live in areas included in the health advisories.

The National Weather Service said Coloradans should expect to see more smoke in the coming days.

Scattered thunderstorms late Friday into Saturday may help clear the skies.

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