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Air Quality Health Advisory for Blowing Dust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        
DATE: 3/23/2018
TIME: 1:30pm
 
Air Quality Health Advisory for Blowing Dust
Issued for San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado
Issued at 1:30 PM MST, Friday March 23rd, 2018
 
Issued by the San Luis Valley Regional Environmental Health Program
 
Affected Area:  San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado, including Alamosa, Costilla, and eastern parts of Conejos, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties. Cities include, but are not limited to, Alamosa, San Luis, La Jara, Conejos, Monte Vista, Del Norte, Center and Saguache.
 
Advisory in Effect:  1:30PAM MST, Friday, March 23rd, 2018 to 8:00 PM MST, Friday, March 23rd, 2018.
 
Public Health Recommendations:  If significant blowing dust is present and reducing visibility to less than 10 miles across a wide area, People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children in the affected area should reduce prolonged or heavy indoor and outdoor exertion.
 
Outlook:  Strong sustained and gusty winds are producing areas of blowing dust on Friday.  Areas of blowing dust will persist throughout the region during the afternoon and into the evening hours.  The threat for blowing dust will gradually diminish across the region during evening hours.
 
For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx 
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Contact: Della Vieira
Alamosa County Public Health Department
719-589-6639