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By nicelegs
From Denver
Jun 12, 2013
It's pretty smokey in Denver and I was hoping to go on a couple hour bike ride after 6. What about approaches?

This shit is thick. Much thicker than I remember in recent fires.

Good luck to all the firefighters and homeowners. I'm doing my rain dance.

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Jun 12, 2013
I dug this up and have decided to drink beer and eat ice cream tonight.

I really would appreciate any input from someone who personally knows just how dangerous, if at all, aerobic exercise is when in the smoke zone of a forest fire.

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By Tug
Jun 12, 2013
It's kinda like smoking a cig while riding a bike. Ice cream and beer are much better for you.

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By Bex RAM
From Riverside, CA
Jun 13, 2013
Yosemite
If you can see the smoke, the air quality isn't healthy and you should avoid outdoor exercise.

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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Jun 13, 2013
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For anyone it's not good!

For those with Asthma and/or other upper respiratory issues, it's of course worse.

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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Jun 13, 2013
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
I'm less than 20 miles from the fire here, and the smoke is like fog at times. I doubt it is healthy for strenuous physical activity.

If you're not an asthmatic or COPD sufferer, I'm sure it won't kill you, but I doubt it is worth the extra wear and tear on your lungs. If you have lung issues, stay inside.

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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Jun 13, 2013
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"I'm less than 20 miles from the fire here, and the smoke is like fog at times".

That answers my question I was about to email you.





Even inside the house yesterday, I had difficulty. Sure hope the winds don't send it back this way again.

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By Tom-onator
From This Galaxy
Jun 13, 2013
Tom-onator
I was in the middle of chopping down a neighbor's tree (that was too close to his house) when the Waldo fire started last year.
Someone called the city to complain about the pile of branches in his front yard.
The branches were still wet and green, and IMO posed no threat of possible ignition.
I chose to get out there in the 100 degree temps and moderate smoke to finish making faggots to haul off to the tree recyclers.
F@cked my lungs up pretty good for a couple of days afterwards.
Will never do that again!
Kudos to the first responders and wildland and city firefighters for the jobs they do!!
I can smell the smoke today while working, but the smoke hasn't got to the levels of last year.
Use caution and pay attention to the weather, evac zones, and plan an escape route if you are camping in the hills.
Be careful out there!
~Tom-o
Edit:
Most of the state is in a Red Flag Warning from Aspen to the New Mexico border right now.

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By Garrett Bales
From Lake City, CO
Jun 13, 2013
It's really no different than climbing on a "clean air" day in China. When I was there it looked like this basically every day. If a billion people do fine in it, I say go for a bike ride!

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By Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Jun 13, 2013
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^^^

Yeah! Great fucking idea! Just because the air is shitty somewhere else. Makes total sense.

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By Ryan Kempf
From Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2013
Ryan on the Sharks Fin wishing he was on Mt. White...
I'm in Boulder and literally just got off my bike. 25 miles @ lunch along hwy-36. I would say air quality is moderate. Not enough to discourage me from getting out. Suppose it would be worse the further South you go toward the Springs.

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By wankel7
From Indiana
Jun 13, 2013
amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000MPLVVA/...

For work I find myself living in dust and smoke filled air.

This mask allows me to breath clean air.

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By Ryan Kempf
From Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2013
Ryan on the Sharks Fin wishing he was on Mt. White...
OMG someone please forward this last post/link (above) to the "Bee net" guy and tell him that "all climbers" should carry one ALL THE TIME! lol

Too soon?

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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Jun 13, 2013
At the BRC
This website specifically addresses smoke in Larimer County, but also has a lot of links to the rest of the Front Range and links about smoke and health effects in general.

www.larimer.org/health/chs/wildfire

As for nicelegs, just put on some short shorts and you'll do fine!

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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Jun 13, 2013
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
denver.cbslocal.com/2013/06/13...

Air quality is poor. For healthy people, the risk is moderate. For those with health issues, the air is unhealthy.

The official recommendation is to a avoid heavy exertion outside.

Note that air quality is quickly changeable: today is not bad out south. Yesterday was terrible: a small shift in the wind is all takes.

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