Smoke from wildfires Sunday (Sept. 15) could be seen across Colorado, exacerbated by hot, dry and windy conditions, according to The Denver Post.
In Bailey, smoke could be seen from a wildland fire in Park County, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities evacuated people along County Road 64A and County Road 64B in the area of the Pine Gulch subdivision, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. The agency is assisting Park County.
State officials reminded residents to avoid smoke and be aware of air quality conditions, particularly for young children and the elderly. For more information on conditions, go to colorado.gov/airquality.
In Larimer County, fire crews and the sheriff’s office responded to a fire Sunday afternoon near Red Feather Lakes, with helicopters and air tankers operating in the area, according to the sheriff’s office on Twitter. The McNay fire, which started as a car fire before spreading, is burning about 10 miles southwest of Livermore and is 150 acres.
A wildfire on national forest land that was started by lightning last week in southern Colorado, the Decker fire, burned about 276 acres as of Saturday morning with zero containment, according to the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group incident system. The fire burning about nine miles south of Salida had not prompted any evacuations as of Saturday, but the fire can be seen on the ridge from the U.S. 285 corridor and Arkansas River Valley and smoke can be seen in the U.S. 50 corridor, officials said.
Fire crews hoped that despite the wind gusts and low humidity, isolated thunderstorms forecast will make their way to the area and help with containment.
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