Smoke and fire danger warnings issued

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, and the Wyoming Department of Health have issued an Air Quality Alert for Teton County today and the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch as well.

Smoke from western U.S. wildfires will continue to track into western and central Wyoming tonight and Wednesday morning. The smoke may limit visibility at times and create poor air quality.

The Wyoming Department of Health recommends that the elderly, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems avoid excessive physical exertion and minimize outdoor activities during this time.

Wildfire smoke is made up of a variety of pollutants, including particulate matter and ozone, which can cause respiratory health effects. Although these people are most susceptible to health impacts, the Department of Health also advises that everyone should avoid prolonged exposure to poor air quality conditions.

Low humidity, hot temperatures, and gusty winds will create erratic fire behavior and new fire starts. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions could occur.

Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings




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