Smoke In Colorado

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The following was released by the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center Wednesday afternoon:

LAKEWOOD, Colo., (JUNE, 1 2011) The smoke in the air all across Colorado is from wildfires burning in Arizona, New Mexico and to some extent southeastern Colorado.

The largest fire is the Miller Fire on the Gila National Forest, north of Silver City, NM.  The 88,000 acre fire has been burning for a week.  In Arizona, five fires are burning almost 100,000 acres across the state.  Smoke from these fires may continue to impact Colorado for the next 24-48 hours.

Two fires, the Purgatoire and Bear fires are burning in southeast Colorado, east of Trinidad, Colorado.  Smoke from these fires may impact the southern Front Range.

Information on fires in the west can be found at

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