Smoky air conditions could pose concern for some |

Smoky air conditions could pose concern for some

A large plume of smoke continues to be emitted from the Brian Head wildfire that has burned about 50,000 acres in southwestern Utah. Smoke is periodically being transported eastward into Colorado. Smoke and haze will be visible at times, and the odor of smoke will also be possible statewide

The vast majority of this smoke is remaining aloft and having little effect on ground-level public health. However, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion across Colorado until the conditions change, recommended a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Quality advisory.

As Northwest Colorado continues to remain under a red flag fire warning issued through Thursday by the National Weather Service. Critical fire weather conditions will return this afternoon despite cooler temperatures. Fire starts could grow rapidly becoming difficult to control in these conditions.

When smoke is present, fine particulates may reach the unhealthy. The level of smoke is unhealthy if visibility is less than 5 miles due to smoke.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides the following 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. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion; everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

• Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.

This story was updated Thursday morning.


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