Smoke in Grand Valley originated from hundreds of miles away

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A smoky Grand Valley sparked some concerns Wednesday night, but the actual fire danger is thousands of miles away.

"You can see the sky looks hazy and you kind of wonder what's going on," said Sue Morris, who lives in the Redlands.

Northwesterly winds brought smoke in from states like Washington, Oregon and Idaho Wednesday afternoon, according to the Grand Junction National Weather Service.

The smoke mainly caused a decrease in visibility and a colorful sunset, which people all over the area enjoyed. It minimally affected the air quality.

"The actual air quality did move briefly out of the good category into the moderate category for fine particulate, but it was very low on the moderate scale," said Ed Brotsky, air quality specialist for the Mesa County Health Department.

If the fire had been in Colorado or the immediate area, there would be a bigger difference in air quality.

"Typically when a wildfire is a lot closer to the Grand Valley, the smoke is closer to the surface where we're actually bringing it in," Brotsky said. "Tn this case, it's much higher aloft in the atmosphere, so it's more of a visibility effect than anything else."

The smoke is expected to continue to die down as the winds change direction.

If you do feel your breathing is being effected, limit outdoor activities and close windows.

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