Health officials issue ozone action alert, smoke advisory for El Paso County

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A view of the fire on Fort Carson from Pueblo West on Wednesday / Kristin Sokolowski

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Health officials have issued an ozone action day alert and smoke advisory for El Paso County through Friday evening, urging sensitive groups to take precautions while outdoors.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued the alert at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld Counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley.

Active children, active adults, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion on Thursday.

The summer ozone alert program generally begins in June and runs through September when hot temperatures combine with pollutants to create smoggy conditions. The fires in surrounding Fort Collins and New Mexico have also contributed to the current conditions.

You can view the current air quality index at

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