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Updated Jun 20, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Poco smoke blankets Valley

(Photo: Jim Cross/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- A layer of haze covering Valley skies had people coughing and sneezing Wednesday morning and it's courtesy of the Poco fire east of Payson near Young.

Valerie Myers with the National Weather Service said an overnight wind shift brought the smoke to the Valley. The Maricopa County Air Quality Department issued a health watch for the day.

The department also urged the public to avoid activities that generate dust, such as driving on dirt roads and to drive as little as possible.

Associated Press contributed to this article.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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