An Air Quality Health Advisory has been issued

5,3,1 visibility rule for smoke

Keep in mind the “5,3,1” visibility rule for smoke

Tuesday – 17 May 2022 – 9pm

From my vantage point just north of Turkey Springs, it looks like they made progress on the fire! Things will settle overnight as temps cool and humidity rises. Then we’ll have to keep a close eye on the fire late tomorrow morning as temps warm.

Unfortunately now that we are cooling this evening, a temperature inversion will set up and trap the smoke. Light drainage winds that flow from the mountains towards the valley, will push that smoke towards many of our homes.

*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued an AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY for wildfire smoke valid until 9am tomorrow morning. ***

A HUGE thanks to everyone tackling the fire!I hope to get an update out first thing tomorrow morning.

– Shawn

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8 Responses

    1. Frank – thanks for the air quality updates! Thankfully it will improve as the winds pick up today.

  1. Hidden Valley – AQI currently 501..hard to breath! Topped out last night at 698. Cannot see the bottom of the valley; lees that 1/4 mile. Wind needs to change direction!

  2. As a homeowner who lives out of state, I appreciate being able to keep up with the Pagosa weather. With fire season upon us, it is vital now more than ever. Thanks for everything you do!!

  3. Hidden Valley – Yep, wind has changed direction; coming from the NW now 2-3 mph. My air quality meter started going ballistic at 10:15pm. AQI is now up to 87 and still rising rapidly. My eyes are starting to burn and it smells!

  4. Thank you for keeping us updated about the fires and air quality both are important. It is greatly appreciate.

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