Smoke advisory issued; classes and activities continue as scheduled

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519,

Photo of Black Forest Fire smoke plume from the bluffs behind UCCSWhile UCCS classes and scheduled activities are not directly affected by the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires, the El Paso County Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a smoke advisory.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to review the health department’s information and to share the information with campus visitors.

El Paso County Public Health is advising people, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease such as asthma to reduce or limit strenuous outdoor physical activity. If visibility is decreased to less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

To monitor current air quality, visit or

To see the department’s complete advisory, visit

Those campus community members who are directly affected by the fires and who need assistance with housing or vehicle storage should contact the Office of Emergency Management, 255-3106.