Visible satellite imagery late Friday afternoon showed extensive smoke plume development from the Little Sand Fire located 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. A new fire located near Mancos, likely to be called the Weber Fire, exploded to 750 acres in the late afternoon.
Southwest flow at 10,000-20,000' pushed the smoke plume toward Pikes Peak. As the atmosphere settled down with the setting of the sun, the smoke dropped into the lower levels of the atmosphere and a thick smell of smoke fell over Teller and El Paso Counties.
The strong smell prompted an investigation by several local agencies on reports of a smoke plume in Waldo Canyon to the west of Colorado Springs, but no fire or source of smoke was found.
Saturday may be a smoky day for parts of southern Colorado as the wind won't be as strong as it was Friday. Southwest flow will continue though and so the air that is moving will be coming at us from the area of the fires.