Air quality at an unhealthy level Friday morning in Summit County |

Air quality at an unhealthy level Friday morning in Summit County

Fire crews work to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire as it shoots down the ridge into No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started on Interstate 70 on Monday.
Photo by Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information about the health advisory.

Summit County officials issued an air quality health advisory Friday, Aug. 14 that will last until 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, according to a news release from the county.

Smoke from the Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch fires is causing poor air quality in the county. As of Friday morning, air quality in Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon and Breckenridge was at a dangerous level.

According to PurpleAir, an air quality network, air quality was in the red level, which means “everyone may begin to experience health effects if exposed to the air for 24 hours.” People who are in sensitive groups may experience more extreme health effects, according to to the Air Quality Index.

Dillon was at 176 on the Air Quality Index, the worst air quality level among the four towns. Breckenridge and Silvethorne were both reporting 168, and Frisco was reporting 158, according to the PurpleAir map.

When smoke is thick, people should remain indoors, according to the county news release. The smoke can have especially adverse effects for people with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and the elderly.

Air quality readings in Summit County from

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