Smoke From Wildfire Moving West

Smoke from a major wildfire in Eastern North Carolina will spread westward into the Coastal Plain and Piedmont overnight and Thursday.

We certainly don't see wildfires very often in Eastern North Carolina but the past year has been anything but ordinary.  For almost one year nearly all of the state was in the grips on one of the worst droughts ever known in the area.  Now we are facing a massive wildfire that is consuming hundreds, if not thousands of new acreage each day.  Until Wednesday most of the smoke had been confined to areas north and east of the fire as winds blew mainly from the south and west.  That all changed on Wednesday as a cold front came through the area shifting winds to a northeast to east direction.  The smoke is now progressing into much of inland North Carolina and represents a significant problem for many residents.   A Dense Smoke Advisory will remain in effect at least until 10 am on Thursday for the thick and heavy smoke.  Visibilities during the afternoon and evening lowered to between one and two miles in many locations.  The visibilities should drop even further overnight and could reach one-quarter mile in many spots by sunrise as an overnight temperature inversion and light winds force the smoke to spread out along the Earth's s surface.  Traveling along Highways 258, 11, and 17 could be especially hazardous during the early morning hours.  People with respiratory problems are encouraged to stay indoors until conditions improve. 
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  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    As Jamie Arnold says we are often the forgotten part of the state. I guess sometimes it is a blessing not to be in the news. I am somewhat surprized that the fire isn't covered more than it is.
  • by Jamie Location: Washington on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    It may just be me, but I have yet to see any coverage of the wildfire on the national networks, or cable news networks. When California has wildfires, its all over the news. I figured we might see Bryan Williams broadcasting NBC Nightly News from the fire scene in Hyde Co. I also thought that The Weather Channel might even have a live shot from the area but have not seen it either. Coming thru Washington today going up 264 towards Beaufort Community College the smoke was so heavy you couldnt see more than about 1000 feet. The sun was not making it thru and the smell is strong. I can only imagine what the fire fighters are going thru on the front lines.
  • by Christa Location: Goldsboro, NC on Jun 13, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    We have youth baseball games on Sat and Sun. Should the smoke be dangerous during these days for these children? The games are in Wayne County all day both days.
  • by Bridges Location: Kinston, NC on Jun 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    I want to know what is going to happen with all of this smoke! My son and I have asthma that is well controlled, but we are having a very difficult time. Breathing treatments and albuterol inhalers only help open our airways long enough to take in more of the smoke! I am trying to decide which is better, fight to breathe or try to hold out and maintain some health in my lungs! I am serious, though. This is a serious situation. Inside my house smells of smoke even though I have only sparingly opened the doors and we have a pretty well insulated house. What is going to happen with all of this? Is there a prognosis for how long this will last and does not the air quality effect when something more needs to be done!

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