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.
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.
Lots of smoke in the air today. Before calling 911 make sure you have a location you see smoke and fire. Here’s a good interactive map to show where all this smoke is coming from https://t.co/XS9lylHpUW#cowx pic.twitter.com/15OlKKUwt0— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) June 17, 2020
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.
Again, smoke is incredibly dense this morning but will lift and clear slightly through the afternoon. A cold front tonight will provide much better air quality tomorrow pic.twitter.com/QYMmER5xKN— Sam Schreier (@SamASchreier) June 17, 2020
Air quality is forecast to improve tomorrow after a cold front tonight and a change in our upper-level winds passes across Colorado.