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Heavy smoke drifts into Carbondale from Montrose burn

Heavy smoke had Carbondale area residents concerned about a wildfire Monday afternoon but the haze turned out to be from a prescribed burn on federal land near Montrose.

The Carbondale Fire Department sent an officer to investigate the smoke in the Thompson Creek area at about 4:45 p.m. Friday. The Pitkin County Communication Department also reported receiving multiple calls from concerned residents. Further investigation by the emergency dispatchers unearthed information about the Montrose burn. The Carbondale Fire Department ceased its search for the source at about 5:30 p.m.

In an unrelated matter, a Carbondale firefighter was forced to extinguish smoldering fires about 1 mile from the summit of McClure Pass in Pitkin County at about 5:50 p.m. Monday. The Colorado Department of Transportation was working on guardrails with a welding torch. Five wooden guardrail posts were smoldering after CDOT workers cleared the scene, according to authorities.

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