South Routt haze likely blowing in from Utah wildfires |

South Routt haze likely blowing in from Utah wildfires

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Smoke from Utah wildfires was blowing into South Routt on Monday morning, resulting in multiple emergency calls to Routt County Communications.

“We were socked in all the way around,” Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said. “It was real prominent out there in the Stagecoach area.”

Several reports of smoke in the south valley near Sarvis Creek were reported at about 10:45 a.m., according to scanner traffic. Steamboat and Oak Creek fire officials responded and determined the smoke was not coming from a fire in the area.

“It’s probably coming from the Dollar Ridge Fire” in northeast Utah, said Jim Pringle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. “That would be my best guess.”

Pringle said we are in a “westerly flow,” indicating the smoke is likely coming from Utah, rather than wildfires to the north.

“The trajectory fits,” he said. “Watching the smoke plumes … does show it headed toward” South Routt.

To reach Nicole Miller, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @millerna.

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