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September 4, 2021 - The US Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program Smoke Outlook for the Monument Fire for Saturday.
Fire: Hot and dry air dominates the forecast area as high-pressure returns. Low humidity combines with air temperatures in the 90's to extend burn periods and further dry live and dead fuels. Dense smoke cover will keep fire intensity low this morning before the wind blows from the SW this afternoon. Where SW winds align with slope on open perimeter we can expect rapid growth through problem fire behavior and increased smoke production. Smoke cover resulted in moderate fire growth yesterday; The Monument fire is 178,069 acres and the Knob fire is 2,798 acres.
Smoke: A cap of smoke and high elevation inversion continues to prevent smoke from dispersing from the area. Smoke generated by smoldering fire behavior overnight has pooled in the drainages near wildfires. Communities near active fires will continue to experience Hazardous to Unhealthy conditions today. Distal communities to the wildfires will see improved air quality this afternoon as SW winds serve to scour and disperse lingering smoke. This pattern continues overnight and into tomorrow as the high pressure system continues to dominate the forecast area. Anticipate similar conditions Sunday.
Source: Issued by the US Interagency Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program