Smoke from fires in Arizona, other states affecting air quality around Denver

DENVER – The sky around metro Denver was filled with a noticeable haze Monday morning as winds blew in smoke from wildfires burning in nearby states.

The largest fire currently burning is the Tinder Fire in Arizona, which has burned about 8,000 acres and prompted evacuations.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Tinder Fire is one of several fires to the south and southwest of Colorado that are affecting air quality along the Front Range.

The state listed air quality as “moderate” for the Denver area on Monday while Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction were all in the “good” quality. Visibility in the Denver area also was listed as “moderate.”

Fire danger remains high across Colorado on Monday due to warm, dry conditions, with Red Flag warnings in effect for areas from the southern foothills west of Denver to Colorado Springs southward and east toward Akron, Limon, and Burlington.

Air quality and fire danger should improve heading into Tuesday as a storm system will bring increased cloud cover and rain showers.

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