Smoke Outlook for 8/16 – 8/17
Western Colorado Pine Gulch Fire
Issued at: 2020-08-16 08:26 MDT
The Pine Gulch wildfire is at approximately 81,107 acres. Fire
activity will continue due to high temperatures, dry and windy
conditions. Winds will remain out of the east/northeast in the
morning changing to north/northwest.
Widespread heavy smoke continues across large sections of
northern, central and western Colorado due to the Pine Gulch
Fire. Smoke will gradually diminish Sunday as atmospheric
mixing increases, with the slowest improvement occurring in
valley locations. This will bring periods of moderate to heavy
smoke for areas to the east and southeast of Grand Junction.
Smoke continued to drain into lower lying areas affecting
Fruita and Loma. This will bring longer duration heavy smoke
through early Sunday morning to several drainages near the
Pine Gulch wildfire including into the De Beque, Parachute,
Rifle and Grand Junction areas. Meanwhile, heavy overnight
smoke from the Pine Gulch & Grizzly Creek wildfires will impact locations along Interstate 70 in central and eastern Garfield County. Please drive carefully in these areas due to possible heavy smoke and reduced visibility at times.
Air Quality Monitoring
If you notice health effects from smoke, you are encouraged to
follow actions to protect yourself listed below. Always
remember if you smell smoke you are breathing smoke. Air
Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke may appear in these areas.
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