Air Quality an Issue as Western Wildfires Continue

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A Colorado wildfire burning in the Flat Tops mountain range has now burned 213 acres and prompted the evacuation of a nearby campground.

That fire is just one of at least 36 large fires that are burning in nine western states.

In central Washington, thousands of firefighters have been working for weeks to save homes and towns.

Evacuation orders are becoming an all too familiar occurrence for many residents.

"It's kind of a hassle to evacuate, and it's stressful," Cle Elum, Wash., resident Brandyce Lee said.

"And I have a 9-year-old who still has post-traumatic stress from the first fire when we were evacuated," Lee continued. "So the fact that lightning's coming, the smoke's here, [it's] not good for her."

Residents not facing a direct threat of fire still face the health threat that comes from smoke.

Air quality warnings are in effect for Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Smoke from Washington is even affecting air quality in places as far away as Colorado.

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