Strong north winds combined with low relative humidity values created an environment favorable for high fire danger on Wednesday, March 1st. A fast-moving prairie fire scorched about 23,000 acres across portions of Yuma County, Colorado. Six buildings were burned and four firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze. U.S. 34 between Eckley and Wray was closed during the event. The fire was contained by early morning on the 2nd.
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In the images above... the radar presented reflectivity from the smoke plume originating from the fire in Yuma County. The smoke plume was carried as far south as Goodland, Kansas. Surrounding surface observations show the strong northerly winds along with warm temperatures and low dewpoints. (Click image to enlarge)
Satellite imagery also depicted the fire across Yuma County. The visible satellite imagery (LEFT) displayed the smoke plume stretching towards the southeast. The 3.9u satellite imagery (RIGHT) revealed the fire as a "hot spot". (Click image to enlarge)