Pine Gulch Fire smoke outlook Aug. 19

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Those who have or are recovering from COVID-19 should take precautions to avoid exposure to smoke. See the CDC’s webpage for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/covid-19/wildfire_smoke_covid19.html

The Pine Gulch wildfire is at approximately 125,100 acres and is at 7% containment. Firefighters are still witnessing active fire behavior due to historically dry conditions and receptive fuels. Excessive heat warnings continue throughout western Colorado, with a highs near 101 in Grand Valley.

Areas of haze in the early morning and areas of heavy smoke will continue Wednesday morning across portions of central and western Colorado. Moderate to USG conditions will be present before 11 am. East/northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the evening. This will bring longer duration, heavy smoke/ash through communities along the I-70 corridor including Fruita, Loma, Grand Junction, Clifton, De Beque, Parachute, Rifle, Silt, and New Castle. Continuing heavy overnight smoke from the Grizzly Creek wildfire will continue to impact locations along Interstate I-70 and Garfield County.

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. Please use caution on roads, highways and Interstates in the areas due to limited visibility.

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