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Pino Fire burning 4,000+ acres

Updated: 09/04/2014 1:41 PM | Created: 09/04/2014 12:37 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

The Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest's Jemez Ranger District has grown to 4,313 acres.

Smoke from the fire has been highly visible across northern New Mexico and Albuquerque over the past two days.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, firefighters used hand and aerial ignitions to direct the wildfire. Fire managers said they met their objectives of improving the forest's health, although it may take several years to see the full effects.

The fire is expected to be less active Thursday, but as remaining interior fuel continues to burn, lingering smoke will be visible until monsoon rains arrive.

The lightning caused Pino Fire was first sighted on August 13.

Photo: Dennis Carril, Santa Fe National Forest

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