Denver, CO

Visitors Try To Escape From The Heavy Haze Over Denver By Heading to Mount Evans

Carrie Wynn

The temperatures have been in the 90's all week which is one of the reasons why the Ozone alert for the front range was extended until at least 4:00 pm on Tuesday.

It is hard to see the mountains from downtown Denver because the haze is so strong and many Coloradans are pondering whether or not this is the new normal due to the western wildfires. Many are taking the chance to escape the haze and smoke by going up to one of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. Because Mount Evans has a road and is close to Denver it's an easy escape where you don't even need to climb.

In the past, on a clear day, you could see for miles and miles but now it's not even close.

According to Mike Ellis who traveled from Golden to Mount Evans with his wife Glenda, "We do think it’s a little better because we can see the distant mountains more easily."

Glenda pointed up and added, "Just don’t look to Denver look up to the beautiful blue skies."

At Mt Evans the temperature is cool, the sky is blue, and the air is clean, offering a very welcome escape from the smoke-filled city.

According to Lauren Bargery, a visitor from Alabama, “I don’t think the smoke is as bad up here."

The Ozone Advisory has happened due to the smoke from the fires in California and Oregon mixing with the sun. This has been attributed to the heavy haze for the last few days in the Denver metro area as well.

The smoke is tough for people such as Jayme Linker, a survival athlete who suffers from asthma who says, “I’m not able to breathe, get exhausted all the time, can’t get enough oxygen."

Jayme is training to row across the Atlantic from Spain to Antigua this December to raise money to fight eating disorders, even with her asthma.


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