Huge AZ wildfire spreads, health conditions worsen

Firefighter Jimmy Niesen, of Surprise, Ariz., sprays water on a hot spot during the Wallow Fire in Greer, Ariz., Saturday, June 11, 2011. Smoke from the huge wildfire in eastern Arizona that has claimed more than 30 homes and forced nearly 10,000 people to flee has officials worried about serious health impacts to residents and firefighters as tiny particles of soot in the air reached "astronomical" levels. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

June 11, 2011 6:52:36 PM PDT
An eye-stinging, throat-burning haze of smoke spewing from a gigantic wildfire in eastern Arizona is beginning to stretch as far east as central New Mexico, prompting health officials to warn residents as far away as Albuquerque about potential respiratory hazards.