CDPHE: Air Quality Alert for Southeast Colorado Continues 5/21/23

Description: La Junta Overcast with Canadian Wildfire Smoke on May 20, 2023... Photo by Eleanor Ludwig...

Published: 05/20/2023
Byline: SECO News

The National Weather Service Office of Pueblo released the following Air Quality Alert from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education on May 20, 2023.

CDPHE: Air Quality Alert for Southeast Colorado Continues 5/21/23

Air Quality Alert

Pueblo-Otero-Bent-Baca-Prowers-Fremont-Crowley-Huerfano-El Paso-Kiowa-Las Animas- 410 PM MDT Sat May 20 2023


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued the following...

WHAT...Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke.

WHERE...Sedgwick, Logan, Crowley, Phillips, Morgan, Yuma, Washington, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Cheyenne, El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa, Pueblo, Bent, Prowers, Otero, Huerfano, Las Animas and Baca Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Julesburg, Sterling, Ordway, Holyoke, Fort Morgan, Wray, Akron, Central City, Georgetown, Kiowa, Burlington, Limon, Cheyenne Wells, Colorado Springs, Canon City, Eads, Pueblo, Las Animas, Lamar, La Junta, Walsenburg, Kim, Trinidad and Springfield.

WHEN...400 PM Saturday May 20 to 900 AM Sunday May 21

IMPACTS...Several large wildfires are burning in Canada, resulting in heavy smoke across several states including the eastern half of Colorado. Although gradual improvement is expected to continue across much of the advisory area, lingering health impacts will remain possible through at least Sunday morning due to the recent exposure to heavy smoke.

HEALTH INFORMATION...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.

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