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Papoose smoke hangs over area

Smoke hanging over Montezuma County reportedly is from the Papoose Fire, one of the three fires making up the West Fork Complex near Wolf Creek Pass.

The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center said Thursday morning that the smoke could continue for several days as the fire enters an area of beetle-killed spruce and winds are predicted to continue to be from the north. Residents in Pagosa Springs are reporting ash from the fire.

As long as the area continues to receive dry lightning, aerial reconnaisance flights will occur daily in the morning and late afternoon, looking for new fire starts.

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