Routt County remains under air quality alert |

Routt County remains under air quality alert

Haze seen Wednesday morning from Hayden.
Shelby Reardon

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment issued an air quality alert late Tuesday for Routt County due to the fires burning in Garfield County.

Air quality is approaching levels where healthy adults may experience serious health effects from prolonged exposure of at least 24 hours, according to the state health department.

When moderate to heavy smoke is present, residents are asked to try to remain indoors if possible, especially if they have heart disease, respiratory illnesses, are very young or are elderly. If visibility is less than 5 miles due to smoke, air quality has reached unhealthy levels.

Periods of moderate to heavy smoke is expected to continue for areas to the east and northeast of the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek wildfires in Mesa and Garfield counties.

The affected areas include Routt, Eagle, northern Mesa, central and eastern Garfield, and eastern Rio Blanco counties.

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