Smoke in Steamboat Springs area caused by controlled burn
December 13, 2017
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.