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Smoke warning remains in place for Northwest Colorado

Craig Press staff report

Wildfire smoke billows behind Monument Rock in Sand Wash Basin about 45 miles northwest of Craig. A health warning has been issued for smoke from wild fires burning in the region.

CRAIG  — An air quality advisory has been issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the northwestern part of Moffat County from Sunday until the morning of Monday, Sept. 17.

Locations impacted by wildfire smoke include, but are not limited to Sunbeam, Greystone, and Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.

“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 in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy,” states the warming. 

The Boone Draw and Three Wash Fires in northwestern Moffat County are expected to produce periods of moderate to heavy smoke through Monday morning.  By Sunday afternoon, high winds and dry conditions will likely lead to active fire conditions.  Smoke from the fires will generally move to the northeast.  Late Sunday night and early Monday morning, periods of moderate to heavy smoke can once again be expected for locations along and near Highway 318 to the west of Sunbeam.

For the latest Smoke Outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

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For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx