Denver weather: Expect smoky skies as multiple wildfires burn in Colorado.

Smoke from multiple Colorado wildfires will continue to stream into the Front Range raising health concerns for sensitive people, especially those with respiratory and lung illness.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has again issued an air quality alert for the Denver metro area and the Front Range through 4 p.m. Friday.

An Action Day for Multiple Pollutants has been posted because of Colorado wildfires. On Thursday a new fire — the Cameron Peak fire — broke out about 60 miles west of Fort Collins. Massive plumes of smoke from the Pine Gulch fire and the Grizzly Creek fire has been fouling metro area skies for days.

Thursday’s air quality posting is for: Douglas, Jefferson, Denver, western Arapahoe, western
Adams, Broomfield, Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties.

Ozone and Fine Particulate concentrations could reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
category through Friday afternoon along the Front Range including Denver. Hard hit areas will include the northern I-25 corridor to Fort Collins, metro areas west of I-25, and the metro area foothills.

Hot and dry weather will keep fire dangers elevated through Sunday, although there is a chance for showers and thunderstorms this weekend, mainly across the Eastern Plains, according to the National Weather Service.

In Denver on Friday there will be areas of smoky skies before noon and the high temperature will climb to about 95 degrees, according to the weather service. Winds will gust to 15 mph.

On Saturday in Denver there’s a 10% chance for showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m., the weather service said. Skies will be sunny and the high temperature will hit 93 degrees. Winds will gust to 17 mph.

On Sunday the chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms rises to 20%, according to the weather service forecast. Skies will be sunny and the high temperature will be about 92 degrees.

Wildfire map

Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page.

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