To put it in perspective, however, here are the stats for the 2011 Wallow Fire that started in Arizona by two men who failed to properly extinguish their campfire: 831 square miles; 537,900 acres. Almost three times as large as the Whitewater-Baldy Fire is at present. Here's info on that fire: Wallow Fire 2011
The air quality in Silver City has been fairly good, but there have been days with considerable smoke and we've had to keep the windows closed. Fortunately, we live in an old adobe brick house with 12' ceilings that maintains a cooler temperature and we have ceiling fans to move the air around. News reports are indicating this fire could continue to burn through July/2012. So much for a good summer.
For our friends, Roger & Katie Skaggs, who live in Glenwood, which is only 6 miles from the fire, life has not been great. Their son, Kyle, operates an organic farm in Pleasonton, just south of Glenwood, and I imagine he's not enjoying it either.
A tune to exit with: Eric Burdon and The Animals when they were just called "The Animals"...singing "House of The Rising Sun".