Smoke from wildfires gives health warning for much of Colorado – CBS Denver



DENVER (CBS4) – With final preparations underway for the Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game in Denver, smoke from the wildfires will be spread across Colorado until at least Tuesday morning.

Most of the smoke comes from wildfires outside the state, particularly in California. But smoke in the state is also visible mainly from the Morgan Creek fire that burns 15 miles north of Steamboat Springs in Routt County. By Sunday night, the Morgan Creek fire had spread over 3,000 acres and was 0% contained.

Due to the smoke associated with high levels of ground-level ozone, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has declared the air unhealthy for sensitive groups in the Denver metro area. An air quality alert is in effect until at least 4 p.m. Monday and the alert will likely be extended until Tuesday.

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Sensitive groups are defined as young children, the elderly, and anyone with asthma and other breathing problems. These groups should avoid spending long periods of time outdoors on Mondays.

There is also an air quality alert in the mountains for potentially thick forest fire smoke, sometimes mainly west of the Continental Divide. The alert goes until 9 a.m. Tuesday and includes Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Granby, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand Junction, Aspen, Leadville, Delta and Gunnison.

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Smoke forecast models show the worst smoke for Denver and the Front Range could be happening just as the Home Run Derby begins at 6 p.m. Monday. Most of the smoke will then move west into the mountains after sunset.

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The forecast for the Home Run Derby otherwise looks good with only a 10% chance of a gusty thunderstorm at the start of the match and temperatures mostly in the 80s. It could still be lower than the 90s early on.

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Looking ahead to Tuesday, there’s a bit more chance for a few thunderstorms across the metro area in the late afternoon and early evening, including during the opening rounds of the All-Star Game. The chance does not appear to be greater than 30%.

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Then a better chance of showers and thunderstorms will develop on Wednesday, along with slightly cooler high temperatures in the 80s instead of the 90s.



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