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East Canyon Fire smoke hiding the mountains and creating poor air quality

Smoke Colorado Springs
Posted at 8:40 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 10:53:09-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Multiple wildfires across the southwest United States have swept smoke into southern Colorado this morning.

Smoke is low lying and thick enough this morning to hide most of the Front Range from view.

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Fire retardant being dropped to control the East Canyon Fire west of Durango

The bulk of our smoke is coming from active fires in Arizona, New Mexico, and the new and raging East Canyon Fire near Durango, Colorado.

Most fire departments are aware of the smoke and are asking people only to call 911 if they see a new smoke plume with flames.

Air quality is regarded as moderate right now, but those with breathing problems or anyone sensitive to low air quality should limit their time outdoors today, especially in the morning and early afternoon.

Air quality is forecast to improve tomorrow after a cold front tonight and a change in our upper-level winds passes across Colorado.

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