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    EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Skies in far West Texas are hazy as a
    result of large wildfires blazing through two regions of New
    Mexico, with smoke drifting hundreds of miles to the east and
    south.
    Lightning sparked one blaze that continued burning early Monday
    near the Taos Pueblo. Flames from the 3,000-acre wildfire were
    about five miles away, said fire information officer Bill Duemling.
    In El Paso, the light haze was linked to smoke from the New
    Mexico wildfires, according to National Weather Service officials
    in Santa Teresa, N.M.
    El Paso resident Sofia Moreno and her seven children saw the
    gray smoke from atop the city's Scenic Drive on Sunday afternoon.
    Copper hues from nearby mountain ranges were dulled and far-off
    landmarks appeared fuzzy as Moreno scanned the city and horizon.
    "It is pretty hazy compared to other days," Moreno told the El
    Paso Times in Monday's editions. "We can still see some of the
    scenic points but not as good as other times."
    Weather service officials said circulation from a high-pressure
    system is bringing smoke from wildfires in the Gila National Forest
    in southwestern New Mexico while a southerly air flow brought in
    plumes from the wildfire near Taos Pueblo. On Friday, flames got
    within one-half mile of the ancient adobe landmark, which is one of
    New Mexico's major tourist attractions.
    But fire crews in New Mexico now say the Indian village is out
    of danger.
    The West Texas haze that softened azure skies is only going to
    get worse this week as the high-pressure system strengthens, said
    meteorologist Tom Bird, adding that the weather pattern was
    expected to continue keeping pollutants near the ground.
    The smoky haze will combine with hot temperatures this week in
    the area. Weather officials predict seasonal highs in the upper 90s
    Monday and Tuesday in El Paso, with temperatures peaking at about
    102 degrees Wednesday and Thursday, then backing off the rest of
    the week.
    In June 2002, officials with the El Paso City-County Health and
    Environmental District advised residents to reduce outdoor activity
    because of smoke from eastern Arizona fires.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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