RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Bad air quality is in the forecast from North Carolina's biggest cities to the length of the state's coast.
The state Division of Air Quality said Monday that the problem is ozone pollution in Charlotte, Fayetteville and the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area. Smoke from wildfires in Dare County and Georgia is wafting over the coast from Manteo to Wilmington.
Air quality officials say the Code Orange conditions in the inland cities means the air could be unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, older adults, and people who work or exercise outdoors.
Conditions could be even worse near the weeks-old wildfire in Dare and Hyde counties that's left the air thick with high levels of particle pollution. The particles can irritate the lungs of healthy people and worsen heart and respiratory problems.