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smoke in the Sangres

Postby 14ersfreak » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:38 pm

My Dad and I we're hoping to hike up Lindsey and Humboldt this coming weekend. Any idea how bad the smoke is right now, and how bad it will be this coming weekend? Thanks!
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby CCSARCAP » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:44 pm

Not much smoke in the Sangres now. The smoke from Royal Gorge fire which is about 20-25 miles from the base of the Sangres has been blowing northeast to northwest.

The smoke from the fire in La Veta hasn't affected visibility to much. I live 22 miles to the base of the Sangres and just looked and can see the peaks all clearly.

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Postby bergsteigen » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:48 pm

Check out Wundermap - Just toggle on the fire layer on the right. It will show you the relative thickness and direction of the smoke plumes. Pretty useful in planning where to hike!

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Matt Lemke » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:10 pm

That's horrible! I was JUST THERE on the 8th and there was no smoke at all! :(
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:13 pm

All the fires started yesterday (correction: all the Colorado fires; there are some in northern New Mexico that are adding smoke). It makes you wonder if we've got another arsonist running around...
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby 14ersfreak » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:21 pm

Thanks! Any information on road closures that we would have to worry about?
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Postby bergsteigen » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:26 pm

14ersfreak wrote:Thanks! Any information on road closures that we would have to worry about?


Highway 50 outside of Canon City is closed.

CDOT has a good webpage on closures: http://cotrip.org/home.htm
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby jdorje » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:32 pm

It's pretty hazy in the SLV right now, presumably from the various new mexico fires of the last weeks. There's no noticeable smell of smoke though; visibility is 50-100 miles.
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Postby its_not_a_tuba » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:28 pm

jdorje wrote:It's pretty hazy in the SLV right now



jdorje wrote:visibility is 50-100 miles.


ORLY?
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby jdorje » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:20 pm

its_not_a_tuba wrote:ORLY?


Well, it's definitely a far cry from the optimal 100+ miles.

Actually it's kind of hard to judge. Haze (whether it's dust, smoke, or moisture) tends to linger low in the valley. The ridgeline of the San Juans is barely visible; this is something like 50 miles away (maybe 40, now I check a map) so it's where I got that number. But, the base of the mountains (possibly 30 miles away) is not.

Anyway it's somewhat hazy.

Also, and this is probably more important, Mosquitos have come to the Crestones today. Yesterday they were minimal, but today a wave of them just swept down the mountain or something and they are bad. By next week I predict they will be starving and unbearable. (Typically they breed in the standing water left after the snowmelt, and only last 2-4 weeks before disappearing again.)
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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Kojones » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:27 am

bergsteigen wrote:Check out Wundermap - Just toggle on the fire layer on the right. It will show you the relative thickness and direction of the smoke plumes. Pretty useful in planning where to hike!

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/

This is a really cool map. It does show the Royal Gorge fire perimeter, but any reason it's not showing any other fires in Colorado?

Anybody else have other sites that show fire perimeters? I know last fire season I found one that was good, but can't recall what it was.

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Re: smoke in the Sangres

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:39 am

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