[From the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit]
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Numerous wildfires in Utah and the Pacific Northwest have produced significant smoke that has drifted into western Colorado. There are no large wildfires in western Colorado at this time. While some agricultural burns are occurring in the region, none are large enough to cause the smoke concentrations seen along the Colorado River Valley.
The jet stream pushing smoke into western Colorado is expected to move east in the next few days lifting the blanket of smoke with it.
Air quality monitors operated by Garfield County indicate that smoke concentrations are well below standards for particulate matter, a by-product of smoke. For those individuals who are sensitive to smoke and experiencing discomfort they are encouraged to consult with their doctor and take precautions that will minimize their exposure. Those precautions include limiting outside activity and closing windows during smoky periods. More information on wildfire smoke and health can be found on the Colorado State Public Health Department’s website: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.