Smoky skies return to Northwest Colorado tonight, Friday |

Smoky skies return to Northwest Colorado tonight, Friday

Craig Press staff report
Smoke from a local wildfire obscures Cedar Mountain Northwest of Craig on Monday, Aug. 20. The land mark and others were obscured by smoke again on Thursday, Aug. 23 as a result of fires burning elsewhere.
Sasha Nelson/staff

CRAIG — Smoke from numerous wildfires burning in the western U.S. returned to Northwest Colorado Thursday, Aug. 23. The smoke, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, is expected to continue through Friday.

“Areas north of I-70 will see the best chance for smoke. Conditions will improve later on in the weekend, as upper-level flow turns to the southwest,” according to the National Weather Service.

The heavy smoke could have health impacts.

“If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood, you may want to remain indoors,” an advisory issued by the Colorado Air Quality Department of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety stated.

This is especially true for individuals with heart disease or respiratory illnesses, and the very young and 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 your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy,” the advisory said.