Weather hoped to help tamp down Cow Canyon fire

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CLIFTON — Residents of Clifton could see some smoke over the next few days due to the Cow Canyon fire.

The wildfire, located in a remote location of the Blue Primitive Area near the Arizona-New Mexico border, has burned 35,321 acres since its ignition via lightning strike Aug. 18. The fire is currently at 22 percent containment.

Expected to help reduce the amount of smoke in the area is a change in the weather pattern, with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity expected throughout the weekend. Wildland fire crews have conducted burning operations in order to keep the fire to the east of the Blue River, in order to protect structures, cultural resources and historical sites.