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Air quality health advisory in effect for Northwest Moffat County

Heavy wildfire smoke rises above the north east side of Cedar Mountain.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday, Sept. 13, issued an air quality health advisory due to wildfire smoke in the northwestern parts of Moffat County.

The areas affected include Sunbeam, Greystone, and Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. The advisory went into effect at 2 p.m. and will continue until 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

If smoke becomes thick, the department advises residents to remain indoors. People with heart disease or respiratory illnesses, as well as the very young and elderly, are advised to remain indoors until the advisory is lifted. The department also advises limiting outdoor activities when heavy smoke is present and temporarily relocating if smoke is present indoors or causes illness. If smoke is visible within 5 miles, it has likely reached unhealthy levels.

The wildfires in Northwestern Moffat County are expected to produce periods of heavy smoke through Friday morning. Additional smoke from fires burning in Utah are also possible. The most heavily impacted areas are along Colorado Highway 318 west of Sunbeam to the Utah state line.