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Smoke fills Yampa Valley from Utah wildfire

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Heavy smoke and haze are clouding Northwest Colorado skies Tuesday afternoon from a nearly 50,000-acre wildfire ablaze in southwestern Utah.

The human-caused Brian Head Fire started June 17 in the town of Brian Head, according to InciWeb, about 90 miles from the Utah-Arizona border via Interstate 15.

A map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates a swath of moderately dense to thick smoke blowing northeast through Utah and into Wyoming, and dipping back down through western Colorado.

Conditions on the Brian Head Fire are expected to remain hot, dry and windy through Wednesday. Several wildfires in the West are contributing to smoky conditions throughout Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to NOAA.

Moffat County and much of western Colorado is under a red flag warning through 11:15 p.m. Tuesday for gusty winds and low humidity, indicating high fire danger, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

A fire weather watch is also in effect Wednesday afternoon through evening.

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"Wildfires could start easily and grow rapidly, becoming difficult to control," according to the Weather Service alert.