The Sunrise Mine Fire burning in Montrose county, just north of Paradox, has burned 2,800 acres. That fire started around 5pm Friday evening.
Another fire, dubbed the Little Sand Fire, is burning near Pagosa Springs. That fire has burned 500 acres.
And the one fire causing all the smoke, ash and haze in much of Colorado Saturday is from a fire in New Mexico.
The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire the Western part of the state has burned nearly 85,000 acres.
"The whitewater baldy fire down in western New Mexico has been burning in heavy timber- a lot of particle matter is put up in the air when that happens. You are dealing with more than 80,000 acre wildfire - it puts a lot of smoke and particulate in the air and right now Colorado is in a very favorable flow for that smoke to travel northward and impact our air quality," Fire Meteorologist, Tim Matthewson at the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Lakewood said.
A team of fire forecasters and analysis got together on Saturday to discuss the outlook for the holiday weekend.
Matthewson says the fire season has started several weeks early and right now all the conditions are right for one spark to cause major problems.
He also says that Colorado will continue to see smoke and haze for the next 12-24 hours.
"Within 24 hours we should see the wind direction start to shift and push off to the east. When that happens the smoke and haze that is in Colorado will start to push off," Matthewson said.
A reminder to all campers this Memorial Day holiday weekend: Make sure you check the fire bans and restrictions in your area before you start any type of fire.
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