Health advisory issued as smoke flows into Colorado |

Health advisory issued as smoke flows into Colorado

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
AP/Ed AndrieskiDenver's downtown skyline was obscured on Tuesday because of smoke and haze from wildfires in California, Utah and Colorado

Heavy smoke flowing into Colorado from fires in California and Utah has created unhealthy breathing conditions for some people, the state health department said today.

A smoke health advisory was issued this afternoon for Garfield County and parts of northwest and north-central Colorado. The air is filled with so many fine particulates that state health officials said the air quality is in the “unhealthy for sensitive group” category, which includes individuals with heart disease, respiratory illness, the very young and very old.

The highest concentrations of smoke are likely occur north of Interstate 70 and as far east as the Front Range.

Although the air in the metro region is hazy, officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said particulate levels outside the warning areas are only moderate.

Pat Reddy, a meteorologist with the department’s Air Pollution Control Division, said that if visibility is less than 5 miles in a neighborhood, smoke has reached an unhealthy level.

“When smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood, remain indoors,” said Reddy. “This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and the elderly.”

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