Fires in Fort Carson, New Mexico and Arizona cause smoke, haze in parts of Colorado

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NWS Pueblo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  If you see the haze or smell the smoke near you, a few surrounding fires are most likely the cause.

Air quality forecast as of Thursday morning in Colorado Springs / FOX21 News
Air quality forecast as of Thursday morning in Colorado Springs / FOX21 News

An alert from the U.S. National Weather Service in Pueblo said the smoke over Colorado is coming mostly from fires in New Mexico and Arizona – the 12,000-acre Dog Head Fire and the 22,000-acre North Fire.

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Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona / Jennifer Plumb Heflin

A blaze on Fort Carson, which has grown to under 1000 acres, is also contributing to smoke over the Colorado Springs area.

The Cedar Creek Fire, burning about 10 miles south of Show Low in Arizona, had burned more than 8,000 acres as of Thursday morning, according to the Forest Service.

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said on Thursday afternoon they will be sending resources to the state of New Mexico to assist with the wildfire situation. DFPC will be providing two Type 6 Engines and two fireline supervisors, in addition to large fire support if needed.

Health officials have issued an ozone action day alert and smoke advisory for El Paso County through Friday evening, urging sensitive groups to take precautions while outdoors.

For updated information on the Fort Carson fire, click here.

NWS Pueblo
NWS Pueblo

 

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