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"Arizona Wallow Fire 'uncontained' and growing
An Arizona wildfire continued to grow on Monday morning, as firefighters contending with strong, dry winds remain unable to contain the blaze. The Wallow fire, the third-largest in the state's history, has already consumed 301 sq miles (780 sq km)... Smoke from the burning pine forests can be seen in the neighbouring states of New Mexico and Colorado... "

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13673567

We could smell the smoke as of yesterday. Some good news: there are semi-desert patches E of the fire. Also the Zuni Pueblo straddling the border is the next habitated area in the fire path- their firefighters are already on the fireline, and they don't quit.
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Much smaller, but still a problem
A fire in eastern NC that has burned for weeks. I've seen 45,000 acres I think for the size of it. Much smaller than 301 sq miles or about 196,000 acres of course, and this is mostly uninhabited though not completely.

Second week in May I stayed home late one morning waiting for a contractor starting repairs on my house. It was smoky enough that morning here so that you could see just across the field behind the house. We're maybe an hour away from the fire area.

Haven't had much trouble here or at work because most of the time the wind is seldom just right for it to blow toward us. But several days you can smell it, particularly in the morning, and some mornings it's actually smoky looking like fog. As the day heats up, evidently the smoke rises more and we have less here because it always lessens as the day goes along.

Counties in the area have been under orange, red, and even purple advisory conditions for air quality.
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Yes, some are affected more than others.

Besides asthmatics, babies and the elderly are sensitive. Sad
You're closer to yours than I am to mine.
There's now a brown haze at ground level for 360 deg around any point, which means we're in the smoke.

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(NT) It's still "Arizona Wallow Fire 'uncontained' and growing"

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