The hazy skies smudging views of the Flatirons in Boulder are the result of wildfires burning to the West, including the massive fire in Southern California that has charred 122,000 acres.
“It’s the California fires, but also fires in Utah and Colorado,” said local meteorologist Matt Kelsch. “It’s all kind of mixed together in the plume of smoke.”
The winds above the mountains are coming directly from the West, said Kelsch, carrying the smoke thousands of miles.
“How long the smoke is around depends on how long the winds continue,” Kelsch said. “A rainstorm would wash it out, but right now, there’s just a very small chance of rain. We’re probably going to see these smoky conditions for awhile.”