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Smoke from hay fire plagues nearby neighborhoods

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LAVEEN, Ariz. -

Smoke from a hay fire in the town of Laveen is causing problems in nearby areas. The fire is still burning and still producing a lot of smoke, and much of it is ending up in a neighborhood right next to the fire.

The fire is so close, many of the neighbors can see it from their yard.

"We've just been hanging out inside," says James Lacey.

The Lacey family watched as the fire burned all night long. It was first spotted around 4:45 Wednesday afternoon.

"Everything smells, the blankets the towels," says Jennifer Lacey.

"We had to turn off the air conditioning because it was getting in the house and covered with soot," says James Lacey.

The fire isn't threatening any structures, but the smoke doesn't have to travel very far to bother a lot of people. The homes are less than 1,500 feet away.

We've sped up an hour's worth of video from our camera on South Mountain. You can see how the smoke is constantly changing directions and stinking up neighborhoods.

"I could still smell it. It is all gray still... just burnt," says Manuel Castillon.

Manuel Castillon spent the morning working in his garage as the fire burned nearby.

"When we went to sleep we had to turn on the A/C to get the filtered air. The garage smelled really bad."

According to Phoenix Fire, the owner of the property is using a front loader to break apart the huge piles of hay while firefighters continue to douse it with water.

If all goes well, the fire is expected to be out late Thursday night. As far as air quality is concerned, ADEQ says they brought in a few portable air monitors. Aside from the smoke, they don't think it's anything to be worried about.

One elementary school in the area didn't let its students play outside. Everyone is staying inside.

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