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wildfire smoke

Phoenix, Arizona
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wildfire smoke

Can anyone tell me how the wildfires are affecting air quality and mountain views in and around Pagosa? We have a trip planned over the 4th of July and am concerned it will not be as pleasant as it could be. Thanks.

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Colorado
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1. Re: wildfire smoke

What it is like now has no bearing on what it may be like 3 weeks from now. Hopefully the fire(s) will be out.

Phoenix, Arizona
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2. Re: wildfire smoke

Thanks for your reply. I wonder what it would take for the San Juan National Forest to be opened again? Most of our activities were based on access to the forest. I might have to start rethinking the family vacation this year.

Colorado
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3. Re: wildfire smoke

IMO you should have a "plan B" just in case. There's absolutely no way for anyone here to predict what may or may not happen in the next few weeks.

There are other threads in the Durango forum and main Colorado forum that you can follow. https:/…92598813

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g33397…

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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for Santa Fe, Mesa Verde National Park, Boulder, New Mexico
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4. Re: wildfire smoke

What it will take to reopen the forests is rain, slow steady rain for weeks. I'd have back up plans for things you planned on doing in the forest.

Pagosa Springs...
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for Durango, Pagosa Springs
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5. Re: wildfire smoke

Yes, the San Juan National Forest is closed. However, Pagosa Springs still has access to Rio Grande National Forest, which begins at the top of Wolf Creek Pass. Great hikes on the east side of Wolf Creek, Big Meadows and Alberta Park Reservoir, Park Creek Road, Tucker Ponds, etc. Lots of explore.

In and around town, lots of mountain biking trails, hiking, disc golf, tubing on the San Juan River, fishing and, of course, hot springs.

You can check air quality at: https:/…

Mountain views have been somewhat hazy depending on winds, but not impacted terribly. This morning, visibility is great.

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6. Re: wildfire smoke

The smoke isn't effecting Pagosa very much. Plan on very pretty sunsets.

Los Alamos, New...
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for Santa Fe, Los Alamos
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7. Re: wildfire smoke

Effects seem to be diminishing, to the extent that they were ever significant. No air-quality issues while bicycling yesterday or Sunday. I wouldn't change the trip because of effects from current fires. However, this is an AWFUL fire season in the Four Corners states, as you probably know (you're in Phoenix, right?), and new fires are always a threat. A useful resource is https:/…current-wildfires , which shows what's burning but not what's closed or smoky as a result. Keep an eye on that page to see if anything new pops up, and if it does, ask again.

Pagosa Springs...
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8. Re: wildfire smoke

Several nearby fires are contributing quite a bit of smoke, especially today(6-24). No way to predict what skies will be like a week from now but if the month of June is an indicator than all mountain views will be very hazy. Also, only municipality that is having fireworks display is Cortez, all others in Four Corners area have cancelled due to extremely dry conditions. The large 416 fire north of Durango will continue to burn until substantial monsoon rains put it out and that won't be before July 4th. That fire is giving Pagosa most of the smoke via high winds blowing from west to east. Was in the Kenosha Pass/Conifer area last weekend and everything there is very green with blue skies and forever views..

Pagosa Springs...
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for Durango, Pagosa Springs
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9. Re: wildfire smoke

The 416 Fire is 70 miles NW of Pagosa and has only grown about 100 acres in the last week. I was in Pagosa and Durango this weekend and while there was a visible smoke plume yesterday in Durango, there was no smell or haze, and there was no noticeable smoke or visibility issues in Pagosa.

Check out area webcams for your own validation: http://pagosa.com/live-streaming-video/

Also, most of the San Juan National Forest reopened last Thursday. 4th of July is still 10 days away...

Indiana
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10. Re: wildfire smoke

Here now, a little bit of haze but not bad. Went hiking in San Juan forest yesterday and smelled a little bit of smoke but not enough to bother our hike. Views of the mountains are a 8 out of 10, not the usual 10 but still good. Good dinner at Riff Raft last eve

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