The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality health advisory due to wildfire smoke in Eagle, Summit, Lake and southern portions of Grand counties. Moderate to heavy smoke from the Gutzler and Peak 2 fires are impacting these areas, particularly in valley locations.
Public health officials recommend that if smoke becomes thick in a particular neighborhood, residents may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses including asthma, the very young, and the elderly.
Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles due to smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. Information on air quality issues due to smoke across the state is available at colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx.
Questions on public health and smoke can be directed to Eagle County Public Health & Environment at 970-328-8840.
Information on the regional fire activity is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/6/ or follow the White River National Forest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverNF.
Contact: Rebecca Larson, Eagle County Epidemiologist