Smoke alert for Garfield County due to area fires

 Smoke alert for Garfield County: PRESS RELEASE, July 5, 2018

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an air quality health advisory due to wildfire smoke from the Lake Christine Fire. Wildfire smoke may reach unhealthy levels. If visibility is less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, avoid outdoor activity and keep indoor air clean or consider relocating temporarily. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.  

We encourage residents to continue to visit our website at www.garfield-county.com to get current information on air quality.

Residents are also advised to take the following precautions to keep indoor air clean during smoke events:

–          Close the fresh-air intake for central air systems and avoid use of swamp coolers.

–          Buy a portable air cleaner that has high efficiency filters and is the right size for the room.

–          Avoid activities that add to indoor air pollution. Don’t vacuum, burn candles, or use cooking methods that produce smoke.

Residents can sign-up to receive air quality advisories from CDPHE at https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx. Garfield County also strongly encourages registering on Everbridge, the county’s Emergency Notification System, at http://garco911.org/. An “Air Quality” option is available to receive alerts when air quality may reach levels that are unhealthy.