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Smoke health advisory issued

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By The Staff

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has

issued a smoke health advisory for northwest and north-central Colorado

for those individuals with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the

very young and the elderly.

Significant smoke from fires in Canada,

Utah, Colorado, California and other Western states will continue to

cause widespread haze in Colorado. Smoke should gradually

diminish later this evening in most areas.

Fine particulate levels in the air currently are in the

“unhealthy-for-sensitive-groups” category in Garfield County and

are likely in that range in other areas across Northwest and

North-central Colorado due to smoke from the forest fires.

Pat Reddy, a meteorologist with the department’s Air Pollution

Control Division, said, “If visibility is less than 5 miles in your

neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. When smoke is

thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood, 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,” he said.

For the latest Colorado air quality information and smoke outlook,

visit: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx or 

http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/air_quality.aspx.