Colorado issues air quality health advisory for Summit County |

Colorado issues air quality health advisory for Summit County

Smoke lingers in the air near Frisco during the 2018 wildfire season. Officials issued an air quality health advisory Monday morning for Summit County and other areas around the state.
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality health advisory for Summit County as a result of ongoing wildfire smoke lingering in the air.

The advisory is in place for areas around Summit, Jackson, Grand, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park counties, and is effective through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. The smoke in the area is largely coming from the Cameron Peak and Williams Fork wildfires among others, according to a release.

Public health officials are urging people with thick smoke in their neighborhoods to remain indoors, particularly individuals dealing with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, and the very young or elderly. Individuals should consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Generally, community members can tell if there is an unhealthy amount of smoke in the air if visibility is less than 5 miles.

The smoke is expected to gradually diminish late Monday morning, with valleys in the area seeing the slowest improvement. By late Monday evening, smoke will begin to drain into lower-lying areas surrounding both fires, which will bring heavy smoke to the area early Tuesday morning.

Summit County is still under Stage 2 fire restrictions until further notice, prohibiting fires on private property, developed camping areas and much more. Visit the Summit County government website for more information on fire restrictions. Local air quality information is also available on the county’s wildfire smoke page, and residents can find information on smoke in the context of COVID-19 on the county’s public health blog.

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