Code Purple Air Quality Expected This Weekend

Wildfires still burning will bring another weekend of unhealthy air for many here in Eastern Carolina.

Code Purple air quality conditions are expected for Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, inland Hyde, Jones, Onslow and Pender counties both Saturday and Sunday. That means people who are sensitive to air pollution should avoid all outdoor physical activity.

Code Red conditions are predicted for Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt and Tyrrell counties, as well as the northern Outer Banks. Code Orange conditions could occur throughout the rest of Eastern Carolina.

The smoke is coming from the Juniper Road wildfire burning in Pender and Onslow counties and the Pains Bay wildfire in Dare County.

Foresters say both fires started from lightning strikes.


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  • by eddie Location: anthony on Jun 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    Oh dont worry, we will still be working over here at New River...outside..... lol
  • by JH Location: Small town on Jun 24, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    I really hope they can contain these fires soon and get them put out! I can't imagine how many people will end up with health issues from breathing in all of this smoke!
  • by HIP HOP Location: WORLD WIDE on Jun 24, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    IT SEEMS THAT THESE WILD FIRES WILL CONTINUE B/C IM STILL SPITTING FIRE YOU PEOPLE WOODS TO ME, LOL
  • by Hey Hey Location: here! on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    how did these fires start?
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      by JH on Jun 24, 2011 at 03:32 PM in reply to Hey Hey
      Lightning strikes caused them both!
  • by james Location: pitt ounty on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    I stopped smoking more than ten years ago but these past two day I feel like I'm smoking Three packs a day
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