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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 05:51 PM
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Wallow Fire starting to show up in New Mexico
Wallow Fire starting to show up in New Mexico
Posted: 3:11 PM
Last Updated: 17 minutes ago
By: ABC15.com staff, wire reports

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ - Smoke from the Wallow Fire has blown into parts of New Mexico throughout the week, but flames are moving across state lines as well.

The fire began spotting in New Mexico Friday night and 150 additional firefighters and several fire engines were sent to bolster forces already waiting in the neighboring state, officials said.

Concern about hazardous levels of air pollution spread beyond northeastern Arizona.

Winds were expected to continue carrying the plume across western and central New Mexico to the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metropolitan areas, the National Weather Service said.

Dense smoke was predicted in a half-dozen small communities.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/wallow-fire-star...

Stay safe.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 09:39 PM
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1. I'm in Santa Fe
(moved here from Overland Park :hi: ) and even though I'm relatively insensitive to thinks like the smoke, even I have been coughing and sneezing much more than I usually would. I suppose it's a whole lot worse in Albuquerque, which is about a thousand feel lower down than we are. I actually have noticed all this week that most days when I get off work, that the air is clearer at the hospital than a mile or so away, which is about a hundred feet lower down. It's been quite a noticeable difference.

Normally this time of year I leave windows open 24/7 in my house, but I'm being very cautious about which ones I open right now, and pay attention to which way the wind is blowing.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 12:41 PM
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2.  Sounds like you've chosen a wonderful location. Hope you've dodged the bullet.
Furthermore, hope this won't repeat.

Windows open 24/7 at this time of the year sounds like a dream, believe it! Hope it all comes back very soon.

Best wishes to a former K.C. area DU'er. :hi:
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 11:17 PM
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3. When I decided I would relocate
from OP, I considered a lot of different places, but finally decided that I wanted most of all to live somewhere that I did not need to have air-conditioning. It's why I didn't move back to the DC area, where I have family and friends, and why I didn't go to Albuquerque, even though it's supposedly a lot cheaper to live in. Too many people for my taste, just like any other large city in the Southwest. I've lived in Phoenix, I've lived in Tucson, and you couldn't pay me to go back to either.

It does help a great deal that I have 12 foot high ceilings in the main room, and only one west-facing window, and that window actually faces southwest, so I do not get the full brunt of the afternoon sun. Plus, it REALLY does cool off here at night. According to a fast weather check, the high today was 91, right now it's about 71, and the overnight low will be 51. In the early afternoon I do close the one bedroom window that faces south and has a lot of concrete right outside, to keep that room cool, but then I re-open that window at night and leave it open all night long.

You should at least pay a visit here.
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