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Grand County Emergency Management

81 West Agate Ave
PO Box 1457
Granby, CO 80446
Office: 970.887.2732
Fax: 970.887.1698

Ray Jennings
Director
Grand County OEM
rjennings@co.grand.co.us

Christian Hornbaker
Emergency Manager
Grand County OEM
chornbaker@co.grand.co.us

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Grand County Air Quality

Outside the Front Range/Denver Metro Area
Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke

Issued for Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Grand, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, Mesa, Delta, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties in northwest and west-central Colorado

Originally Issued at 2:00 PM MDT, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Continued at 8:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Affected Area:Moffat, Routt, Grand, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, Mesa, Delta, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in northwest and west-central Colorado. Locations include, but are not limited to Craig, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, Rangely, Meeker, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Eagle, Vail, Grand Junction, Delta, Aspen and Gunnison.

Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to 9:00 AM MDT, Thursday, September 7, 2017

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to 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. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook: Smoke from local wildfires in northwest Colorado, combined with smoke being transported from out-of-state fires is resulting in unhealthy air quality conditions across the advisory area. The heaviest smoke impacts will be felt in areas directly downwind from wildfires in Routt County, which includes the Steamboat Springs area. Areas of heavy smoke will also be possible for the local valleys of the advisory area where smoke will be slow to dissipate during the day on Wednesday, and will likely redevelop Wednesday night.