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What's with the haze?

COLORADO SPRINGS - Wildfire season is in full swing for much of the western states, causing Colorado to deal with a smoky haze.

According to our meteorologists, the jet stream sweeping through California, Oregon, Washington, and Montana is carrying the smoke from their wildfires and dumping it on Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado.

There are a few fires burning in Colorado, which is somewhat contributing to the amount of smoke being spread throughout the state. 

The active fires in Colorado right now include: 

Big Red Fire

  • Located just north of Big Red Park along Forest Road 500
  • 800 acres
  • Containment unknown

842 Fire

  • Located 13 miles southeast of Bayfield, CO
  • 1,025 acres
  • 75% contained

East Rim Fire

  • Located 10 miles northeast of Dove Creek, CO
  • 700 acres
  • 40% contained

Peak 2 Fire 

  • Located in the Miner's Creek drainage between Frisco and Breckenridge
  • 84 acres
  • 85% contained

Gutzler Fire

  • Located southwest of Kremmling
  • 976 acres
  • 20% contained

412 Fire

  • Located seven miles south of Rico, CO
  • 95 acres
  • Containment unknown 

Mill Creek Fire

  • Located 13 miles northeast of Hayden, CO
  • 482 acres
  • 55% containment

Lightner Creek Fire

  • Located near Durango, CO
  • 412 acres
  • 95% contained

For more information on wildfires burning on the west coast, click here

A cold front is expected to move through on Monday night into Tuesday morning, which should help clear out some of the haze. 

If you have respiratory issues, health officials recommend that you stay indoors.

An air quality health advisory was issued Monday morning by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It covers areas below 7,000 feet including Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Greeley, and Boulder.  






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