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Granby, CO 80446
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Grand County Air Quality

Grand County Public Health Air Quality Update 08/15/18

Grand County Public Health, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Grand County Housing Authority, and Grand County Manager’s Office are working with the United States Forest Service monitoring the air quality in Grand County. Based on the scientific data provided by the air quality monitor in Kremmling, the risk is Moderate. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment the Moderate category definition is: “Air quality is acceptable; however, pollution in this range may pose a moderate health concern for a very small number of individuals. People who are unusually sensitive to ozone or particle pollution may experience respiratory symptoms.”

Outlook: Widespread smoke from several in-state and out-of-state fires is impacting large sections of western Colorado. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected Wednesday through Thursday morning within the advisory area, especially in areas near local wildfires. The highest impacted areas will include locations near the Bull Draw Fire near the Montrose/Mesa County line, the Cabin Lake Fire in Rio Blanco County, and the Silver Creek Fire near the Routt County/Grand County line.

Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or 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, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Precautions to take:
• Avoid heavy outdoor exertion such as running or other forms of exercise.
• Keep your indoor air clean and stay inside.
• Close your doors and windows and turn off systems that ventilate air from outside in, including your swamp cooler.
• You can run your air conditioner, if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean.
• If you do not have an air conditioner and it’s too warm to stay inside without your swamp cooler on or windows closed, seek shelter with a friend or family member with a closed air circulation system.
• Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution. You want to keep your indoor air as clean as possible.
• Do not vacuum. It stirs up dust in your home.
• Do not smoke tobacco in your home.
• Do not burn candles, fireplaces or gas stoves.
• Don’t rely on dust masks for protection.
• Paper masks commonly found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles, like sawdust. They won’t protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke.
• Contact your health care provider if you’re concerned about your health.

Smoke in Grand County may stay in the area for the next 30 days due to multiple fires burning in the West. The smoke level may fluctuate hourly and daily depending on weather and fire conditions.

Grand County Public Health will monitor the air quality and update the public as conditions change. Information will be posted on the Grand County Public Health Facebook page and