Southwestern Colorado fires prompt health warning

By: The Associated Press
June 16, 2013 Updated: June 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

PAGOSA SPRINGS — 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 (wehm-ih-NOO'-chee) 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 (suh-WAHCH') 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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