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Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fire smoke drifting through southern Colorado

Grizzly Creek Fire by Whitewater Rafting, LLC
Pine Gulch Fire
Posted at 9:18 AM, Aug 13, 2020

Smoke has started to drift farther east and south into southern Colorado, with more likely on the way.

Smoke was first noted this morning in Teller County by viewers and in a tweet sent out by Commander Greg Couch of the Teller County Sherrif's Office.

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Smokey haze seen against Pikes Peak in Teller County Thursday morning, August 13th, 2020

Several viewers, such as Garrett Johannes, started seeing smoke and noticing a red haze over the sky as the sun came up. This picture shows the smoke and haze hovering over the mountains and foothills just below Pikes Peak.

Pine Gulch and Grizzle Creek Fire Update

There are two active wildfires burning in western Colorado. The Pine Gulch Fire, the bigger of the two, is burning 18 miles north of Grand Junction and has burned nearly 70,000 acres.

The Grizzly Creek Fire, the smaller fire, has shut down I-70 and is burning at just over 6,000 acres with no containment.

Pine Gulch Grizzly Creek Fire Smoke

The smoke from both of these fires is forecast to drift east today and tonight due to strong, westerly winds blowing over and through Colorado.

Air quality across most of southern Colorado is considered good through most of today, but by tonight and tomorrow, it will take a dip down to unhealthy for those with breathing problems.

More information on air quality relating to wildfire smoke can be found here.