Posted at: 06/28/2013 8:22 AM
Updated at: 06/28/2013 1:45 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Smoke fills the sky in Kirtland, N.M.
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Smoke fills the sky in San Juan County.
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Bloomfield, Farmington and even Albuquerque residents woke up to smoke-filled skylines on Friday morning.
San Juan County officials tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 that a shift in winds from a northern to a southern direction have pushed smoke from Colorado wildfires into the Four Corners area.
Officials say the smoke may remain in the area for at least three days. San Juan Regional Medical Center recommends that individuals with pre-existing respiratory conditions limit physical activity and remain indoors due to smoke in the area.
They ask for residents to only call 911 if they see an active fire or if they can actually pinpoint a location of a fire in order for emergency crews to be dispatched to the scene.
Officer Dan Ware of the New Mexico State Forestry Division said smoke from the Silver Fire and Arizona fires have made their way to Albuquerque as well.
He explained that the extreme heat is also to blame, as the hot and dry heat is picking up smoke and pushing it toward us.