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Smoke From New Mexico Fire Prompts Air Advisory Along Front Range

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Hazy sky in Denver Saturday morning from the smoke of the New Mexico wildfire (credit: CBS)

Hazy sky in Denver Saturday morning from the smoke of the New Mexico wildfire (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Haze shrouded the Front Range on Saturday as a massive wildfire in New Mexico has been sending smoke into Colorado skies.

The smoke stretches well into the mountains.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment issued an air advisory for the entire Front Range. People are advised to limit exposure outdoors.

“I saw smog in the mountains. I’m from Colorado Springs and on the way up here it was pretty foggy,” a man said.

“Now that I’m looking around it looks a little smoggy,” a bicyclist said.

The smoke is from a wildfire that has grown to at least 85,000 acres. It’s burning in southwestern New Mexico.

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“We know that the dangers of forest fire smoke on patients who have respiratory disease can be substantial,” Dr. Barry Make with National Jewish Health said.

Make suggests staying indoors this weekend, especially for people with serious respiratory conditions.

“The more you breathe, the faster and deeper your breathing is with activities, then that’ll get into your lungs,” Make said.

Firefighters in New Mexico are working to put the blaze out. It’s too early to say when the air quality in Colorado will return to normal.

“A lot of the particulates in the air are small enough that you can’t see them. You really can’t use vision to help guide you as when there’s smoke in the air. You really have to listen to the weather reports on TV,” Make said.

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