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Haze over Pikes Peak region is residual smoke from fires elsewhere in Colorado

June 12, 2018 Updated: June 12, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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Pikes Peak is almost lost in the haze as a small plane lands at the Air Force Academy on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Haze sitting over the Pikes Peak region is residual smoke from two wildfires burning in southwest Colorado, meteorologists say.

The haze should lift throughout the day as temperatures rise and sink during the night, said weather service meteorologist Stephen Hodnaish. The thickness of the cloud also will depend on the strength and the wind direction.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued Air Quality Health Advisory for the smoke for parts of southwest Colorado. Though El Paso County was not included in the advisory, the county is under an Ozone Action Day Alert.

The 416 and Burro fires are burning 23,378 and 2,136 acres, respectively, in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango. The 416 fire is 15 percent contained, and the Burro fire is 0 percent contained.

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