Thu May 19th, 2022
Tags: Archuleta County Emergency Operations Call Center, Pagosa Springs, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH), The Plumtaw Fire, Unhealthy Air Quality
The Plumtaw Fire north of Pagosa Springs is affecting local air quality. Northern Archuleta and southern Mineral counties are currently experiencing unhealthy air quality, with moderate to heavy smoke expected to continue.
Air quality sensors, including two operated by San Juan Basin Public Health in Archuleta County are indicating “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” air quality. Visit https://fire.airnow.gov/ for the most up to date information.
If smoke is thick or becomes noticeably thicker in your area you should remain indoors or if possible, seek out locations where air is filtered. Unusually sensitive people throughout the region should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
If visibility is less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. 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. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion; Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
Other tips to protect yourself:
As temperatures cool in the evening inversion conditions worsen and smoke in low lying areas may become thicker, especially if the outdoor air is still. It tends to be worst near dawn.
For information on evacuations, please contact the Archuleta County Emergency Operations Call Center at (970) 422-7084. To stay up to date on fire information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8113/