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Wildfires in northwestern U.S. put Colorado Springs in haze

September 4, 2017 Updated: September 5, 2017 at 8:45 am
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photo - View from Pikes Peak summit on Monday morning, September 4, 2017. The haze over Colorado Springs is smoke blowing in from massive wildfires in Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. (Courtesy of Pikes Peak Cameras via City of Colorado Springs)
View from Pikes Peak summit on Monday morning, September 4, 2017. The haze over Colorado Springs is smoke blowing in from massive wildfires in Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. (Courtesy of Pikes Peak Cameras via City of Colorado Springs) 

Despite the smoke and haze floating over Colorado Springs on Monday morning, the city didn't have an active fire. Rather, the smoke was blowing in from massive wildfires in Wyoming, Montana and Oregon.

"We're receiving multiple calls for smoke investigations this morning," the Black Forest Fire Department tweeted. "Smoke is related to fires burning in Montana and throughout the West. Black Forest will continue to respond and investigate calls."

The smoke could still aggravate health for vulnerable people, however, warned the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment warned.

The agency issued an "action day alert" Sunday night for the Front Range, warning that ozone and fine particulates concentrations were expected to be "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

That alert remains in effect until at least 4 p.m. Monday.

The department is warning of an increased likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive people, aggravation of heart or lung disease and the potential for premature death in people with cardiopulmonary disease.

Those people should stay indoors and refrain from exertion and exercise, health officials warned.

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

Twitter: @njKaitlinDurbin

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