Fires beyond county lines sending smoke, poor air quality to Craig
Air quality in Craig has stayed consistently in the Air Quality Index’s “moderate” category over the weekend, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow project.
Craig has narrowly missed smoke warnings and advisories seen in nearby Routt County, which (as of July 26) has seen a decline in air quality due to wildfires in the northern part of the county. On Monday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued an air quality health advisory for wildfire smoke coming from the Morgan Creek fire.
To be considered “moderate,” air quality in Craig must be acceptable for everyday activities, but there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
In a statement, the CDPHE said that although there are no large active fires in Moffat County, that does not mean Moffat County’s air will not be affected by fires in Routt County and fires in states west of Colorado.
“Although the transport of smoke into Colorado from out-of-state wildfires has decreased, hazy skies and generally Moderate levels of fine particulate matter are expected for northern parts of the state on Monday and Tuesday,” the statement said. “In these areas, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Monday and Tuesday.”
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Craig and Moffat County make the Craig Press’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.