DENVER (CBS4) – Lack of visibility because of the wildfire smoke hovering over Colorado pressured Flight for Life to show down six flights within the final three days. This system director tells CBS4 low visibility made it too harmful to fly.
Crews needed to divert a number of different flights to less-risky and longer routes which creates longer response occasions. Typically, floor emergency crews needed to reply rather than a flight due to dangerous circumstances.
The smoke in Colorado is primarily coming from wildfires burning in northern California, particularly the Dixie Fireplace.
Flight for Life companies the Denver metro space, Summit County, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Durango with 5 helicopters, three ambulances and three planes.
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/08/09/flight-life-smoke-colorado/ | Flight For Life Compelled To Flip Down Flights Due To Thick Smoke In Colorado – CBS Denver