Smoke advisory lifted for El Paso County

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has lifted the Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory for El Paso County.

While smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire continues to affect air quality in El Paso County, Public Health recommends that people continue to monitor air quality and if needed, take precautionary steps.

 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and El Paso County Public Health have made no alerts to avoid travel to Colorado or El Paso County.

 

El Paso County Public Health is advising people, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) to reduce or limit strenuous outdoor physical activity. If visibility is decreased in your neighborhood to less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. If you can see or smell smoke, reduce your exposure by going indoors.

 

The air quality index reports the daily level of air pollution on an hourly basis. The index values range from good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, to hazardous.

 

Individuals experiencing symptoms such as burning, shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their medical provider.