If you talk to people who live in the areas where air quality alerts are high in Craven County, some will tell you the smoke isn't as bad.
Driving through the Carolina Pines development Wednesday just right off Highway 70 we saw a lot more people out and about than you may expect considering the air conditions.
Two little boys in one front lawn were doing what they could to beat the heat - that means a garden hose and slip and slide were out.
Erin Ebel says her kids were outside, a big change from Tuesday considering one of her son's has severe asthma and they're living in an area where officials want those with respiratory sensitivities to be cautious. Ebel says, "Yesterday there was a yellow smog in the air, and I mean, my son has really bad asthma. And he was coughing terribly and we were running errands and he couldn't be outside very long- we had to run to the car. And today, I don't see any smog in the air, I don't smell any smoke. The boys have been outside for about two and a half hours, and they're perfect."
Fire officials say they expect to have the fire contained by the end of the month- but cutting back on smoke now is their biggest task.