Smoky skies are returning once again to Colorado, hindering mountain views in northern and southern portions of the state.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service say wildfire smoke will return to the southern and northern skies of Colorado from Tuesday into Wednesday amid spell of hot and dry summer weather.

Per the Colorado Air Quality Department of Public Health and Environment, here's the smoke outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Smoke is being stirred up from the 4,795-acre Middle Fork Fire located in eastern Routt County, about 10 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Winds will transport smoke to areas southeast of the fire, whipping up light concentrations of smoke in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. While areas close to the fire will remain shrouded in smoke, additional plumes are likely headed west and southwestward along the Mad Creek drainage through early Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, smoke production is expecting to increase from the Cameron Peak Fire. The 102,596-acre blaze is located in western Larimer County, 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes. Smoke will spread to the south or southeast of the fire, likely reaching the Front Range by late Tuesday afternoon. Smoke will then drain westward along the upper Poudre River drainage through early Wednesday morning.

Smoke from out-of-state wildfires is also creating hazy skies in the northern portions of Colorado.

Light to moderate amounts of smoke can be expected again on Tuesday, with the greatest impacts along areas north of I-70. While public health impacts are expected to remain minimal, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

Smoke may also be visible due to prescribed fires and small wildfires burning throughout the state.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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