Jun 2, 2011 12:58 PM by Craig Eliot
Smoke from fires burning in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties continues move across eastern Colorado from the south to the north. The smell of smoke is thick in the air in Colorado Springs and even stronger in Pueblo.
Hot, dry south/southwesterly winds are fueling the Purgatoire and Bear fires in Las Animas Counties. Another fire is also burning now about 20 miles east of Walsenburg adding more smoke to the atmosphere. There is also abundant smoke from fires burning as far away as New Mexico and Arizona contributing to the smokey haze in eastern Colorado...a pattern that happens locally during fire season when the southwesterly flow brings in smoke from New Mexico and Arizona.
Limit your time outside if you have respiratory problems or have sensitive lungs or eyes. More westerly winds should develop later today which should help move the smoke more easterly and act to disperse what is in place currently.