Hazy skies blanket Steamboat Springs as the sun sets Thursday evening. The likely cause of the atmospheric haze is the Red Canyon fire burning 390 acres just one-half mile east of Glenwood Springs.

Photo by Dan Tullos

Hazy skies blanket Steamboat Springs as the sun sets Thursday evening. The likely cause of the atmospheric haze is the Red Canyon fire burning 390 acres just one-half mile east of Glenwood Springs.

Burning sagebrush near Glenwood Springs makes for hazy Steamboat skies

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— The likely cause of the atmospheric haze that took some of the luster off Steamboat’s summer skies Friday is the Red Canyon fire burning 390 acres just one-half mile east of Glenwood Springs.

The smoke in the sky shouldn’t get much worse here. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent was reporting that the deputy commander for the fire management team expected to have the fire fully contained by the end of the day Friday.

The Post Independent also reported that evacuated residents of Lookout Mountain Road in the fire area had been allowed back into their homes Friday morning.

The U.S. Forest Service fire incident report indicated the lightning-caused fire was burning predominantly sagebrush but also pinyon, juniper and gamble oak trees.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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