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SMOKE ALERT: Dangerous Air Conditions Continue Friday

There will be another day of Code Red and Code Orange conditions across parts of Eastern Carolina as a big fire in the Croatan National Forecast causes air quality concerns.

Officials say residents from Morehead City, to Havelock, New Bern, Oriental and Aurora could experience unhealthy air quality Friday, depending on wind directions.

Prevailing winds are expected to blow toward the northeast on Friday, but smoke movement could shift due to calm periods and sea breezes.

The fire is generating heavy smoke that can contain high levels of particle pollution.

A Code Red Alert is issued for portions of Craven and Pamlico counties.

Officials say in addition, residents could experience Code Orange conditions in those counties as well as Beaufort, Carteret and Jones counties.

Air quality monitors as far west as Raleigh and as far north as Tarboro and Jamesville have shown increased particle pollution at times due to smoke from the fire, and smoky conditions may be encountered throughout the central and northern coastal region.

Code Red happens when unhealthy conditions exist for everyone outside, while Code Orange means active children and adults and those with respiratory diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.


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The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources is predicting Code Red conditions Tuesday for Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties.

Code Orange is in effect for Beaufort, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt and Washington counties.

Winds are shifting toward the north on Tuesday, bringing the smoke to New Bern and Washington.

Code Red happens when unhealthy conditions exist for everyone outside, while Code Orange means active children and adults and those with respiratory diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

The National Weather Service says smoke from the 10,800 acre fire has been reported as far away as Charleston, South Carolina.

Air quality monitors as far west as Raleigh and as far north as Tarboro have shown increased particle pollution due to smoke from the fire, and smoky conditions may be encountered throughout the central and northern Coastal Plain.


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