Air Watch Alert — No open burning due to wildfire smoke from Northwest |

Air Watch Alert — No open burning due to wildfire smoke from Northwest

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Residents will be notified when the burn restriction is lifted.

According to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Pollution Control Division meteorologists, smoke from wildfires in California and northwestern states is expected to cover most of Colorado.

Smoke levels will cause an increase in pollution concentrations to levels that could cause respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and sore throat. Unusually sensitive groups, those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and respiratory infections, should avoid or limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

Mesa County Health Department officials encourage residents to reduce vehicle use by carpooling, walking or utilizing public transportation to help reduce the concentration of pollution throughout the Grand Valley.

For more information on current air quality conditions, visit

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