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Smoke Over Fort Collins – Health Advisory Issued

Smoke from Hewlett Fire over Old Town Fort Collins
Photo by Todd Harding
Smoke over Fort Collins @ Lincoln & Lemay
Photo by Todd Harding

When I left for work early yesterday morning from Fort Collins, you could smell the smoke in the air from the Hewlett Fire, which has burned over 982 acres.  When I arrived home from work in the early afternoon you could see giant plumes of smoke.  It wasn’t long before you could see it, smell it, taste it, & feel it!

It was thick.  For a short time it really was difficult to breathe.  Larimer County even issued a warning.

According to a press release from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment:

Due to the possibility of rapid weather changes, it is difficult to accurately predict the condition of air quality related to the Hewlett fire in the Poudre Canyon northwest of Fort Collins.

But, in general, if you can see or smell smoke, it is recommended that you avoid outdoor physical activities. If visibility is decreased in your neighborhood to less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Air quality updates are available at http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/advisory.aspx.

My wife and I went to the top of the parking garage in Old Town to snap a couple pictures of the smoke over Fort Collins.

Smoke over Fort Collins - From Downtown Parking Garage
Photo by Todd Harding

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