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Plumes of Smoke from Fires in Mexico and Gila Wilderness Blaze in USA

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May 30th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - May 29th, 2012

This image of the southwestern USA and northern Mexico shows several different wildfires. In the upper left quadrant is the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, or Gila Wilderness blaze, in the state of New Mexico. Further south, in the lower half of the image, plumes of smoke from several fires between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains can be observed. These fires are smaller and are releasing plumes of smoke less dense than that of the fire in the Gila Wilderness.

As the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire continues to blow smoke toward southern New Mexico, doctors warn that there could be negative health effects if the smoke lingers for an extended period of time. The fire has so far burned more than 170,000 acres and zero percent has been contained. It isn’t expected to be fully contained until July.

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