The original item was published from June 28, 2018 5:14 PM to February 8, 2019 1:04 PM
Wildfire Smoke in Summit County
Light to moderate smoke not expected to be significant health concern
Dan Hendershott, Environmental Health Manager: 970-668-4073
Amy Wineland, Public Health Director: 970-9195
SUMMIT COUNTY - Because of wildfire activity in Grand/Clear Creek Counties, smoke is present. Summit County is currently experiencing good to moderate smoke levels which are not expected to be a significant health concern. Smoke densities may increase overnight depending on fire activity and weather.
If wildfire smoke causes visibility to be less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, smoke levels are unhealthy. References of 5-mile visibility are as follows:
• If you are in downtown Dillon or Frisco and unable to see Buffalo Mountain
• If you are in Breckenridge and unable to see the mountain tops above the ski area
If smoke 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, 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 precautions:
• Limit outdoor activities and remain indoors with windows and doors closed.
• 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 pollutants.
• 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 970 668-9730. Statewide air quality information is available from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.