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So what’s up with the haze in Aspen?

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart/The Aspen TimesHaze from western wildfires envelopes the Maroon Bells near Aspen Monday evening.

ASPEN – The haze in the air in Aspen and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley on Monday was mostly high-level smoke from wildfires in Utah and California, according to fire experts.

Russell Long, fire management officer with the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit, said Western Colorado has seen a couple of minor flare-ups in recent days, but that large-scale blazes from states to the west have caused the gray haze over this region.

“When the wind blows west to east, guess what – here we are,” Long said.

The Station Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles had burned more than 85,000 acres as of Monday afternoon, and multiple fires on more than 5,000 acres in central Utah’s Fishlake National Forest were also keeping firefighters busy.

Long noted that, even though no wildfires were currently burning in Western Colorado, conditions are troublesome, with low humidity levels and gusty winds expected.

The haze got worse in the Roaring Fork Valley as the day went on. By 5:30 p.m., there was a “perpetual sunset” effect in the midvalley. The haze was thick enough to cause a orange glow usually reserved for sunset.

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