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May 31, 2012 12:41 PM

Smoke from massive New Mexico wildfire drifts into So. Ariz.

TUCSON - Conditions may appear hazy east of Tucson this morning, says News 4 Tucson meteorologist Jeff Beamish - that's due to some of the smoke from New Mexico's Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire drifting into southern Arizona.

If you have upper respiratory issues, limit your time outdoors through early afternoon, he says. Winds will eventually shift to the north later today, pushing smoke away from the area. The U.S. Forest Service says that during the day today, smoke will be transported east of central New Mexico, "but should remain above the surface, reducing any potential impacts at ground level."

Beginning tomorrow and through the weekend, winds are expected to blow smoke from the fire to the east.

The Whitewater Baldy fire has grown to more than 190,000 acres, or nearly 300 square miles, since it was sparked on May 16, already making it the largest fire in New Mexico history.

Images courtesy NWS, NASA

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