Garfield County under air quality health advisory from wildfire smoke
The Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys were under a smoky hazy during the day Tuesday.
“The smoke coming into the area appears to be originating from numerous large fires in eastern Oregon, Washington and much of Idaho with lesser input from smaller fires in Wyoming and closer to home here in Colorado,” said Norv Larson, a senior forecaster at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Due to the smoke, at around 4:30 p.m. the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment included Garfield and surrounding counties in an air quality health advisory. (https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx )
Department of Public Health advised people to remain indoors if smoke is thick or becomes thick where they live.
“This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly,” the release stated. “Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present.”
Real-time information on local air quality can be found on the county’s webpage.
Map below shows where different wildfires are, how large of an area they cover and their containment status.
A video the Weather Service posted to Facebook illustrates the paths smoke is traveling from different wildfires:
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According to the New Castle Police Department’s official Facebook page, a “string of arson-related fires” have occurred in the town recently. Law enforcement believes “the fires to all be related.”