Smoke from massive wildfires in Georgia and Florida has drifted hundreds of miles into central North Carolina.
It's triggering emergency calls to fire departments and warnings for people with breathing ailments to limit their time outdoors.
Charlotte Fire Captain Rob Brisley is urging the public --not-- to call 9-1-1 just to report smoke. He says people should call only if they see smoke or flames coming from a structure.
Emergency dispatchers in Davidson County about 50 miles northeast of Charlotte say they've been "overwhelmed" by callers reporting the smoke.
The smoke created a haze more than 100 miles north of Charlotte in Orange County.
The smoke's being driven into North Carolina by strong winds preceding a cold front.