A smokey haze hangs in the Yampa Valley early Friday morning. Officials think the haze primarily is from fires outside of Routt County.

Photo by John F. Russell

A smokey haze hangs in the Yampa Valley early Friday morning. Officials think the haze primarily is from fires outside of Routt County.

Haze over Steamboat likely result of Eagle Valley, extinguished Stagecoach fires

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— The haze in the Yampa Valley this morning is likely the result of smoke from a wildfire in Eagle Valley and a barn fire that was put down Thursday night south of Stagecoach, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said early Friday.

Fire officials are understandably on high alert given the extreme fire conditions and the wildfires raging elsewhere in the state. But as of Friday morning, Struble was unaware of any new wildfire in Routt County. However, a lightning storm that moved through the region Thursday night has officials like Struble closely monitoring the surrounding mountains for signs of smoke.

The Eby Creek Fire in Eagle County was started by lightning Thursday evening just north of the city of Eagle. A much larger fire, the Pine Ridge Fire northeast of Grand Junction, is more than 10,000 acres and has resulted in the partial closure of Interstate 70 through the DeBeque Canyon east of Grand Junction.

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