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Sorry another Fire question...

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Sorry another Fire question...

I know there are already some questions posted about this and nobody has a crystal ball, but we have a 5 night stay booked for August 6th. We are staying in a vacation home on Lake Purgatory Drive. Is it possible the smoke will have lifted a month on and what is that area like at the moment.

I am loathed to change our plans as this is part of a two week road trip to Colorado but don’t feel I am in a position to make that decision. We have already booked the train from Durango to Silverton and we want to visit mesa verde.

We are coming from the UK so don’t have much knowledge about forest fires and their behaviour.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Sorry another Fire question...

It is possible and also possible it could be worse. It started over over a month ago and is growing in size. Keep checking the Interagency Fire Center site.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

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2. Re: Sorry another Fire question...

Impossible to know. But most likely Mesa Verde will be just fine to visit, even now. Check with the Durango/Silverton train people about when they will start up again for the full train trip.

If smoke is still an issue, then there are still plenty of places in Colorado to visit.

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3. Re: Sorry another Fire question...

As soon as the monsoons start, the smoke should diminish quickly. The last two weeks have been hot, dry and windy. Smoke has impacted Durango in the mornings and typically lifts by mid to late morning. Fingers crossed that the current forecast holds - looks like a chance for daily storms starting at the end of this week.

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4. Re: Sorry another Fire question...

For what it’s worth, we were in Durango the night of June 21 and drove up 550 the following day with no smoke issues to speak of. We drove through again the afternoon of June 29 on our way home and it was nice that day as well. Things can change on a daily basis and while we were in Colorado several other wildfires started. We were lucky to not be impacted (except our cancelled train ride), but you can’t really plan for it.

Mesa Verde was not impacted at all while we were there.

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