Smoke from Sugarloaf Fire burning in Grand County drifting into Boulder County

Smoke from Sugarloaf Fire burning in Grand County drifting into Boulder County

Smoke from Sugarloaf Fire burning in Grand County drifting into Boulder County

Map showing heat detected on the County Fire by a satellite at 3:03 a.m. PDT July 2, 2018.

Authorities said the fire east of Fort Garland was estimated at 83 square miles after unpredictable winds pushed the fire both north and south over the weekend, reports CBS Colorado Springs affiliate KKTV. An air warning is in place as the blazes rip through Northern California.

The United States Forest Service reported on Twitter that the fire was putting off a lot of smoke that was visible from the surrounding area.

The fire had spread over Blue Ridge in the Mt. Vaca area of Napa County, but remained in the wildland and had taken no structures, Cal Fire spokesman Will Davis said.

"While the gusting winds and glowing ridgeline certainly created an ominous sight, we were never under any direct threat or evacuation order", the statement added. As of approximately 11 a.m. Sunday, the fire has moved well south of our location.

People affected by the fire were being evacuated. Two evacuation centers were set up, including Huerfano Community Center and one at Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. Smoke from the fire has blanketed skies over San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma and San Mateo counties. 16 and the Murphy Ranch area.

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Autumn Edens of Guinda, a town just north of the fire, told the Associated Press: "You can see the smoke and you can see an orange-red glow from the flames".

Much as with last year's wildfires, winds are blowing the flames in a southwesterly direction.

"If you can't smell smoke you're usually going to be OK", Black said.

Dry conditions in the West and Southwest have made the areas prone to blazes and have exacerbated around 40 major fires between Washington State and New Mexico so far this year, the National Interagency Fire Center said. Over 1,200 fire fighters in 27 fire crews, 100 fire engines and a dozen helicopters have fought the fire, the Sacramento Bee reported on Monday.

Curry says the blaze about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City started Sunday and officials believe it was human-caused but are investigating.

There are multiple areas with mandatory evacuations around the fire and also numerous evacuation advisories.

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