Unhealthy Air Quality For Fort Collins & Along The Front Range
Areas like Boulder and Denver are reporting on the unhealthy air quality in our area due to multiple wildfires. Every report I look at repeats the same narrative that Greeley and other parts of the front range are taking a serious hit from smoke.
The most severe area however, continues to be Fort Collins. I know we have been struggling with smoke for almost two months now but I didn't quite realize that Fort Collins was the number one hotspot for city smoke.
On October 9, Colorado.gov posted to their website, "The heaviest smoke is most likely in Larimer and Weld counties, including Ft. Collins and Greeley, due to smoke transported from the Cameron Peak wildfire in western Larimer County and the Mullen wildfire in south-central Wyoming. Lighter smoke is expected further south in the Longmont, Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs areas."
The entire Front Range region remains under an Action Day for Fine Particulates until at least 4 p.m. on Friday. From what I understand, this is based on the thickness of the smoke in one area.
On Friday, wildfire smoke will cause increased aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in older adults and those with cardiopulmonary disease and will effect respiratory health for the general population.
Not a great way to live during a global respiratory pandemic. The Colorado.gov air quality advisory states that people with heart or lung issues, children and older adults should reduce time spent outdoors.
How The 2020 Cameron Peak Fire Has Grown