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Haze from fires near, far clouds view in Glenwood Springs

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Smoke and haze across the sky in Garfield County is the result of a two fires in Mesa County, along with some lingering smoke drifting to Colorado from fires in California, according to the National Weather Service.

Aldis Strautins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said smoke from a 300- to 400-acre fire on Grand Mesa near Grand Junction is filtering around the area. That fire was still burning early Friday.

Strautins added that there was another small fire, about 100 acres, near Collbran. The status of that fire wasn’t immediately known early Friday.

“It too could add some smoke to the area,” he said.

Satellite information also shows that some of the smoke from fires burning in Northern California also is being drawn into Western Colorado.

“I am sure that has an effect also,” he said. “The smoke is kind of lingering here.”

A weak cold front was expected to come into the area late Friday and that may help slightly clear some smoke from the area.

“But that’s not a real intense cold front, it may not help as we would like it to,” Strautins said.

The smoky haze is expected to be around the area for the next few days, Strautins


David Boyd, a public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management in Glenwood Springs and who is in Northern California to assist a joint state-federal effort to assist the public and the media about fires raging in the state, said the fires are putting up huge columns of smoke.

“It is just an incredible amount of smoke out here,” Boyd said. “There is an unprecedented amount of fires.”

Boyd said satellite imagery showed smoke from the fires moving away from California and into Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

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