Hazy skies due to fires in Colorado, California | SummitDaily.com

Hazy skies due to fires in Colorado, California

Phillip Yates
garfield county correspondent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Smoke and haze across the sky across the mountain region 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.

The haze is already starting to clear.

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.”

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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