Smoke Plume Over Colorado

This is a satellite image from 8:15 am on Saturday, July 3rd.  Some residents of southern and central Colorado awoke this day to hazy and 'cloudy' skies. Turns out it was the smoke plume from the Willow Fire in Arizona.  Southwest winds in the atmosphere brought smoke over the region during the overnight hours.  

The smoke plume is located in the image from central Arizona, into western Colorado, then east northeast across Colorado and into Kansas. The smell of smoke was evident here at the Pueblo office. Other fires were also burning in Arizona - the Nutall Complex can be seen as two small smoke plumes southeast of the Willow Fire, just west of the clouds over southeast Arizona and southern New Mexico.

As of July 5th, the Willow Fire has burned over 80,000 acres. The Nuttall Complex has burned over 12,000.

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