Smoky skies likely to persist over Front Range through the weekend

DENVER – The gray haze that’s been hovering over Denver and the rest of the Front Range for days now isn’t showing any signs of letting up for the weekend.

The haze is the result of smoke from dozens of wildfires across the Western U.S., as well as two large fires in Colorado.

While the smoke isn’t as bad as it was earlier in the week, Denver7 meteorologists say we’ll need a strong system to move into the area in order to push the smoke out. Forecasts don’t show that happening in the next several days.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an “action day alert” for poor air quality that lasts until at least 4 p.m. Friday. Those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution should consider staying indoors and limiting exertion.

The worst air quality is in areas surrounding the wildfires burning in Routt County. As of Friday afternoon, the Deep Creek Fire near Hayden was about 3,800 acres in size with no containment. More than 250 firefighters were working to get the fire under control.

The Big Red Fire, which is burning just south of the Colorado-Wyoming state line, started in early August but continues to burn. As of Friday, it was 15 percent contained and more than 1,800 acres in size.

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