Smoke in Steamboat Springs area caused by controlled burn |

Smoke in Steamboat Springs area caused by controlled burn

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The smell and sight of smoke in the Steamboat Springs area can be blamed on a controlled burn east of the city.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Mel Stewart said a ranch on Routt County Road 24 is burning slash piles. Because of a temperature inversion, the smoke is staying low in the valley and not dispersing.

Stewart said this is not an ideal time to conduct controlled burns because of the temperature inversion.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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