Jun 16, 2014 5:33 PM by Leah Kraus

Fires from neighboring states send haze and smell of smoke to southern Colorado

The smell of smoke and the sight of haze from fires in Arizona and New Mexico greeted most of us as we woke up Monday morning.

Still, many people were fearful that it was a fire in our area. For Kyleigh Downey, it triggered bad memories.

"I remember for Waldo Canyon I defintely had some friends up near that fire so I definitely was concerned especially when you smell that smokey smell," she says.

Doctors say smoke can have an impact on those suffering with chronic lung disease or respiratory issues.

"The best thing to do for them would be to just stay inside if you can," says Dr. Doug Cross. "If you have good air conditioning, you should run fans. If you have other chronic lung disease and you have to use inhalers, nebulizers or things like that -- plan on using them more often."

Fire officials say you should call them if you see smoke, but if it's just haze and you're not near it, it's going to be difficult for you to give good information to dispatch.



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