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Moderate to Heavy smoke may pose a health concern for Summit County
Hendershott, Environmental Health
Wineland, Public Health Director:
SUMMIT COUNTY - Wildfire activity in northern
Colorado and the northwestern United States is bringing smoke to Summit County.
Summit County is currently experiencing moderate to unhealthy smoke levels
which may pose a health concern for residents and visitors. The smoke is not expected to improve until at
least Wednesday morning.
If wildfire smoke causes visibility to be less
than 5 miles in your neighborhood, smoke levels have become unhealthy,
especially for high risk individuals. References of 5-mile visibility are as
· If you are in downtown Dillon or Frisco and unable to see Buffalo
· If you are in Breckenridge and unable to see the mountain tops above the
If smoke becomes thick, in your neighborhood,
you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for individuals with
heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, the elderly and pregnant
women. To mitigate exposure to smoke, public health officials recommend that
residents and visitors, especially high-risk individuals, take the following
· Limit outdoor activities and remain indoors with windows and doors
· Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is
making you ill.
· Drink plenty of fluids to keep your respiratory membranes moist.
· Reduce your physical activity to decrease inhalation of airborne
· If you develop symptoms suggestive of lung or heart problems, including
chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath or extreme fatigue, consult a
medical provider as soon as possible.
For more information, contact
Summit County Public Health (970-668–9161) or (970-668-4070). Or get statewide
air quality information from Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment at www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.