The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has just issued Air Quality Health Advisory for Southeastern Colorado until 4:00 p.m. because of the Wildfire Smoke.
Affected Area: southeastern Colorado, including Elbert, El Paso, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Las Animas, Baca, and eastern parts of Fremont and Huerfano Counties. Locations and points of interest include, but are not limited to Kiowa, Colorado Springs, Hugo, Burlington, Cheyenne Wells, Pueblo, Ordway, Eads, La Junta, Las Animas, Lamar, Trinidad, Springfield, Canon City and Walsenburg.
Advisory in Effect: 7:00 AM MDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 to 4:00 PM MDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
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 smoke from several fires in the northwestern United States and western Canada is impacting southeastern Colorado. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected Tuesday morning, with smoke gradually decreasing Tuesday afternoon as atmospheric mixing increases.
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