Smoke From Calif. Wildfires Causes Haze In Colorado

Smoke From Calif. Wildfires Causes Haze InColorado

29 October 2007

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USA — Smoke from the California wildfires has spread across a large swath ofthe West, creating hazy conditions in parts of Colorado on Monday.

The plume extends from eastern Nevada into Oklahoma, with Colorado near thenorthern edge, said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist for the National Weather Servicein Boulder.

Kalina said the smoke spread eastward after rising high into the atmosphereabove the California wildfires. Some of the particles in the smoke then settleddown lower in the atmosphere and a ridge of high pressure above much of the Westkept it trapped here Monday.

“It’s kind of a hazy look,” he said.

The wildfires have burned 809 square mile, destroying more than 2,000 homesand killing 14 people. More than a dozen have been surrounded but firefighterswere still trying to gain control of six others on Monday.

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