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Thick haze hanging over Southern Colorado

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Haze from wildfires burning in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming contributes to haze over Colorado Springs on Sept. 4, 2017. Haze from wildfires burning in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming contributes to haze over Colorado Springs on Sept. 4, 2017.
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Wildfires burning in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho are producing a thick haze hanging over Colorado Springs and Pueblo on Monday.

The smoke is one of the contributing factors that led to the Colorado Department of Public Health to issue an Air Quality advisory for communities along the Front Range and Eastern Plains.

The Department of Public Health recommends people limit outdoor activity due to the poor air quality.

Health officials say the smoke is expected to decrease as the day moves along, but particles could still linger around the area this evening.

High temperatures across the area aren't helping matters either.

According to the First Alert 5 weather team, highs in Pueblo are expected to reach into the mid-nineties, while highs in Colorado Springs are expected to reach into the upper eighties, which will impact the air quality as well.

The smoke is not from any wildfires in Colorado. As of Monday, there are no major active wildfires burning in our state. Firefighters near Colorado Springs have received multiple calls about the smoke.

Dry, hot and windy conditions are contributing to red flag warnings covering millions of acres to the north of Colorado.

As of Monday, there are 43 active wildfires burning in Montana, 21 burning in Idaho and three in Wyoming.

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