Health alert lifted, Colorado skies to remain hazy |

Health alert lifted, Colorado skies to remain hazy

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
The sun sets behind the Denver skyline Tuesday evening, September 1, 2009. Wildfires burning in California, Utah and western Colorado have made Colorado's air hazy, obscured mountain views _ and prompted advisories from state health officials. (AP Photo/Karl Gehring/The Denver Post)

The health smoke advisory for portions of Colorado was lifted today by officials who said significant smoke will continue to cause widespread haze today and from time-to-time throughout the remainder of the week.

The advisory said that the smoke is coming from fires in Canada, Utah, California and fires within Colorado.

“Fine particulate levels are likely in the moderate to high-moderate range across portions of the northwest, north-central and east-central Colorado due to the smoke from the forest fires,” the advisory said. “Much of the rest of Colorado will see concentrations in the moderate range.”

Moderate smoke is also possible in the vicinity of a fire six miles north of Nucla, especially in the areas down-valley of the fire during the nighttime and morning hours.

Pat Reddy, meteorologist with the Colorado health department’s Air Pollution Control Division, said the satellite images show “that the smoke has thinned considerably” and that the winds from California are now blowing farther to the north.

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