As fire nears, South Fork evacuates

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As fire nears, South Fork evacuates

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A firefighter monitors the West Fork Fire near South Fork on Friday evening. Firefighters from nearby communities were prepared to protect structures in the town of nearly 400.
Firefighters monitor the West Fork Fire near South Fork on Friday evening. Firefighters from nearby communities were prepared to protect structures in the town of nearly 400.
Smoke from the West Fork Fire can be seen in the sky over a ranch near South Fork on Friday evening.
Health advisory issued for Archuleta County

The San Juan Basin Health Department issued a health advisory Friday afternoon for Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County and the surrounding area because of degraded air quality from smoke from the West Fork Fire near Wolf Creek Pass.
Liane Jollon, interim executive director of the department, issued the advisory Friday afternoon.
The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with pre-existing circulatory or respiratory conditions should limit outdoor activity when smoke is visible in the sky, the advisory said.
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. For those with heart or lung disease, smoke can make symptoms worse; they may experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath or fatigue.
The health department advised that if people can smell smoke or begin to experience symptoms, they should consider temporarily locating to another area as long as it is safe to do so.
Seek out locations where air is filtered. Local health officials can help locate places with better air quality during extended smoke episodes.
At night, smoke may move in different directions, and can be heavy. It tends to be worse near dawn. The department advises to close bedroom windows at night.
For more information, visit www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx and the health department’s web page on wildfire information: sjbhd.org/environmental-health.

As fire nears, South Fork evacuates

A firefighter monitors the West Fork Fire near South Fork on Friday evening. Firefighters from nearby communities were prepared to protect structures in the town of nearly 400.
Firefighters monitor the West Fork Fire near South Fork on Friday evening. Firefighters from nearby communities were prepared to protect structures in the town of nearly 400.
Smoke from the West Fork Fire can be seen in the sky over a ranch near South Fork on Friday evening.
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