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West Fork, Windy Pass Fires Prompt Health Warning

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The West Fork Fire (credit: Jeff Stuckwish)

The West Fork Fire (credit: Jeff Stuckwish)

GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Two backcountry wildfires in southwestern Colorado are expected to continue sending smoke into nearby towns, including Pagosa Springs.

The largest is the West Fork Fire, which was estimated to be burning on 1,700 acres in the Weminuche Wilderness on Sunday. The nearby Windy Pass Fire, southwest of Wolf Creek Pass, is burning on about 100 acres.

The state health department says smoke could move into South Fork, Del Norte, Saguache and the Rio Grande National Forest through Monday evening. It says the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses should stay indoors if moderate to heavy smoke develops.

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