Winds blow smoke into southern Colorado from wildfire in New Mexico

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Southwest winds from a wildfire in New Mexico are blowing smoke into southern Colorado, with many residents calling dispatchers believing there are fires in the area.

“Douglas County Regional Dispatch Center is experiencing a high volume of calls related to smoke from fires out of state,” Sgt. Ron Hanavan of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. “Heavy smell of smoke and some haze is reported throughout Douglas County.  At this time we ask that you only report any actual fires, plumes of smoke or flames. ”

A fire near on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, N.M., is where the fire is burning.

There are also smoky conditions in the Alamosa area.

Warm temperatures and gusty winds have forced the National Weather Service to implement a  red flag warning for Colorado Springs, from Vail to the Western Slope, and into the Four Corners area.