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Smoky Skies In Cheyenee From Massive Colorado Fire

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A Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir June 11 near Laporte, Colorado. The High Park Fire in Larimer County has burned almost 37,000 acres and damaged or destroyed more than 100 structures. There is no containment of the fire, which is burning in the mountains about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Co.  (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

A Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir June 11 near Laporte, Colorado. The High Park Fire in Larimer County has burned almost 37,000 acres and damaged or destroyed more than 100 structures. There is no containment of the fire, which is burning in the mountains about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Co. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Smoke from a massive wildfire in northern Colorado is blowing into southeast Wyoming and smudging the skies above Cheyenne.

The High Park fire has burned over more than 70 square miles of the Rocky Mountain high country. The fire is burning about 50 miles southwest of Cheyenne.

Overnight winds from the southwest blew smoke into Wyoming, leaving a pungent, smoky odor in the air around Wyoming’s capital city.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of southern, central and eastern Wyoming on Wednesday. A red flag warning means dry air and strong winds have raised the risk of wildfires.

The forecast calls for strong winds to develop out of the west later in the day.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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