Northwestern U.S. fires create haze here |

Northwestern U.S. fires create haze here

A haze over Garfield County Wednesday had its origins in a slew of fires across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies.

As of midday Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service had identified 84 large fires across the lower 48 states, mostly in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Of those, 21 have warranted at Type 1 Incident Management Team of experienced, interagency firefighters.

With no large fires in Colorado, the closest incident to the Western Slope is the Rattlesnake Fire in central Arizona. In the aftermath of a rainy spring and summer, the National Weather Service is predicting below-normal potential for large wildfires in Colorado through August, and normal potential into autumn.

The weather service forecast calls for warmer temperatures through the end of the week, which should minimize haze as the smoke shifts back north.

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