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Wildfire smoke brings haze to Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Smoke from the California wildfires has spread across a large swath of the West, creating hazy conditions in parts of Colorado on Monday.

On the Western Slope, including Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, the haze was already noticeable Saturday.

The plume extends from eastern Nevada into Oklahoma, with Colorado near the northern edge, said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Kalina said the smoke spread eastward after rising high into the atmosphere above the California wildfires. Some of the particles in the smoke then settled down lower in the atmosphere and a ridge of high pressure above much of the West kept it trapped here Monday.

“It’s kind of a hazy look,” he said.

The wildfires have burned 809 square mile, destroying more than 2,000 homes and killing 14 people. More than a dozen have been surrounded but firefighters were still trying to gain control of six others on Monday.