Summit County Government

Posted on: September 5, 2017

Wildfire Smoke in Summit County

Moderate to Heavy smoke may pose a health concern for Summit County


Contact:

Dan HendershottEnvironmental Health Manager: 970-668-4073

Amy WinelandPublic Health Director: 970-9195


Photo of Buffalo Mountain with Fire Haze in Background

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 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 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 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 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




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