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A huge smoke cloud has blanketed Rio Blanco County this week, triggering multiple air quality alerts. Above, smoke hovers over downtown Meeker.
According to the CDC, inhaling wildfire smoke can trigger coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, stinging eyes, runny nose, irritated sinuses, tiredness and a rapid heartbeat. Recommendations are to remain indoors whenever possible with doors and windows closed and use an air filter. A small bit of good news? Skipping housework is also recommended, as it can disturb dust particles and add to the air pollution already present in your home. —CAITLIN WALKER PHOTO