Western fires create Aspen’s haze
Numerous wildfires in Utah and the Pacific Northwest have produced significant smoke that has drifted into western Colorado, according to the Upper Colorado Fire Management Center. There are no large wildfires in western Colorado at this time. While some agricultural burns are occurring in the region, none is large enough to cause the smoke concentrations seen along the Colorado River Valley, the center said.
The jet stream that is currently pushing smoke into western Colorado is expected to move east in the next few days, lifting the blanket of smoke with it.
Air-quality monitors operated by Garfield County indicate that smoke concentrations are well below standards for particulate matter, a byproduct of smoke, according to the Fire Management Center. People who are sensitive to smoke and are experiencing discomfort are encouraged to consult with their doctors and take precautions that will minimize their exposure. Those precautions include limiting outside activity and closing windows during smoky periods.
More information on wildfire smoke and health can be found on the Colorado Public Health Department’s website at http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx.
With many lingering questions still surrounding the fate of Aspen’s historic Old Powerhouse, City Council decided during Monday’s work session to hold off on providing staff direction on moving the preservation project forward until more information can be presented.