Smoky skies across the Front Range

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(RELEASE) - According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
Ozone concentrations are expected to be in the Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive groups range on Sunday and Monday. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion in these areas between the hours of noon to 8 PM on Sunday and Monday.

Fine Particulate Matter concentrations are expected to be in the Moderate range on Sunday and Monday throughout the Northern Colorado Front Range including the Denver Metro area, Fort Collins, and Greeley. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion on Sunday and Monday in those areas.

Visibility on Monday is expected to be Poor.

Areas of smoke and haze are likely on Sunday and Monday across Colorado due to smoke being transported from wildfires in the northwestern United States. Smoke is expected to improve Sunday evening and Monday morning but is expected to increase during the afternoon on Monday.

The 589 acre Big Red wildfire is located in northeast Routt County, approximately 15 miles north of Clark, near the western edge of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area. Winds near the fire will be from a west direction and shift to northerly by evening. Smoke produced by this fire will likely be transported to the east or north of the fire. Additionally, showers and thunderstorms are possible near the fire. These storms may produce gusty, erratic winds that can send smoke in any direction.

The Wyoming air quality is rated as moderate on
That means air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.