Smoke from wildfires affects air quality across NC

(Source: North Carolina Division of Air Quality)
(Source: North Carolina Division of Air Quality)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Once the dense fog burns off over the city of Charlotte, “unhealthy” hazy smoke will take it’s place.

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According to the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, a Code Orange Air Quality Alert has been issued for the greater Charlotte area.

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A Code Red Air Quality Alert has been issued for counties surrounding Hickory that are closest to the burning wildfires in western North Carolina.

Those sensitive to changes in air quality like young children and the elderly should be cautious during a Code Orange Air Quality Alert.

In a code red alert, those same people are urged to limit their outdoor activities.

There are 15 fires listed as active in western North Carolina. More than 45,000 acres has burned and Gov. Pat McCrory said they could be fighting some of these fires for months.

The air quality alert is in effect until midnight Tuesday.

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