by Pam Zubeck
About 1 p.m., I stepped outside to go get a cup of refreshment and was greeted with a haze of smoky air that just about took my breath away.
Turns out, that was about the time the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was issuing a "Smoke Health Advisory" for an area extending from the San Luis Valley northeast to Colorado Springs. The advisory was set to continue until 4 this afternoon.
State officials advised the smoke filled air comes from the Wallow Fire southeast of Show Low, Arizona. Arizona?
The press release said the smoke has lowered visibilities in Alamosa to Colorado Springs and also warned that people with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and the elderly "should limit prolonged exertion in these areas."
If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.