Smoke gets in your skies: Wildfire fallout may hang around Grand County for days
September 1, 2009
Sunsets and rises are veiled in an eerie haze; blue skies shielded by a gray-brown film – all reminders of a catastrophic fire on the West Coast.
As the Angeles National Forest “Station Fire” alone grows to 122,000 acres in California, residual smoke lingers in northern Colorado.
The Station Fire, which started on Aug. 26, is 5 percent contained and not expected to be fully controlled until Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Although the California region experienced humidity recovery early Tuesday, that decreased fire activity only slightly and winds were expected to pick up by Tuesday afternoon, worsening fire conditions.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to California’s Fire Protection department.
A plume of smoke tracking its way from Los Angeles County across Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and into the northern half of Colorado could be seen on weather satellite views from the National Weather Service station in Boulder on Tuesday.
NWS Meteorologist Bernie Meier said residents in Grand County could expect to see smoke-filled skies into Wednesday and possibly beyond, depending on the fire’s behavior and prevailing winds.
“Anyone with any kind of lung problems should take caution and limit any kind of activity outside,” said Grand County Public Health Director Brene Belew-LaDue. “Try to stay inside as much as possible.”
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