Carson National Forest – Gurule Fire Smoke Update- 6/20/19

Gurule Fire Smoke Update

Firefighters utilized helicopter aerial ignitions and ground ignitions to mimic a natural burn used to reduce fuels and cleanup the under-story. The effect increased smoke over the fire.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of Abiquiu, Canjilon, Cañon Plaza, Vallecitos, La Madera, El Rito, and Tres Piedras which may continue to show for several days.

Smoke may hang low to the ground at night and in the early mornings the next few days due to the weather phenomenon known as temperature inversion. This occurs when warm air caps the cooler air below it, causing smoke to become trapped underneath which will settle into the valley bottoms—most often at night and in the early morning.

The trapped smoke generally begins to lift after the sun rises and heats the earth’s surface. The air heated by the earth’s surface will push the colder layer of smoke up into the higher atmosphere and the smoke mixes with the air above and is transported away.

Smoke in the air can also be affected by wind speed and direction.

Smoke

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