Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke issued for portions of southwestern Colorado 

HEALTH ADVISORY: Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

  • Affected Area:  La Plata, San Juan and eastern parts of Montezuma and Dolores counties, including, but not limited to the communities of Durango, Silverton, Mancos, and Rico. 
  • Advisory in Effect:  7:00 AM MDT, Monday, June 15, 2020 to 9:00 AM MDT, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 

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 five miles due to smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. 

Outlook: Heavy smoke from the East Canyon and Loading Pen wildfires will impact portions of southwestern Colorado through at least Tuesday morning.  Moderate to heavy smoke has been observed throughout the advisory area Monday morning, especially in the lower lying valleys.  By late Monday morning the smoke will decrease as atmospheric mixing increases.  Monday afternoon the wind will increase out of the southwest, possibly increasing fire activity again and sending smoke to locations northeast of the fire, including Rico and Silverton.  By Monday evening the wind will turn calm and smoke will again drain into lower lying areas surrounding the fires.  This could produce periods of moderate to heavy smoke in locations such as Mancos and Durango early Tuesday morning. 

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