Unhealthy Air Quality Warning Through July 4th Weekend

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Air quality officials say smoke from wildfires could continue causing unhealthy air quality throughout the coastal region throughout the 4th of July weekend.

Residents east of Interstate 95 could experience unhealthy air quality, and people are advised to avoid or reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors if they can see and smell smoke.

The Dare and Pender county fires, and a fire in southeast Georgia continue to push smoke into the region, which could contain high levels of particle pollution.

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  • by Susan Location: Winterville on Jul 3, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    The air is unhealthy, the firefighters are doing the best they can. The fire is burning underground in the peat so it is difficult to extinguish. Extended days of steady rain would obviously help. I also wonder if this was going on near Raleigh if the government wouldn't put more resources into putting out the fire and smoke more quickly.
  • by Abigal Location: Grimesland on Jul 2, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    What difference does the kind of hose they use make, the air is terrible and hopefully it will rain a lot because the hardworking firefighters need the help.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    North Carolina is a smoky waste land.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jul 2, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    While criticizing, or complimenting, our hard-working fire fighters, please keep in mind they do not START these fires; arsonists, lightening, cigarettes thrown out car windows, and trains, just to mention a few, also spark/cause forest fires. Add in the bonfire/partying idiots, and it's a wonder we have any nice forests to speak of. Either get out there with your little garden hose or hang with the big guys, who know what they are doing.
  • by limbury on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    looks like a garden hose to me
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jul 2, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to limbury
      You just showed your lack of education of how the N.C. State Forest Service fights fire (along with some others). There are many tools, methods, and different types of personnel who tackle these fires, day and night, week after week, month after month, year after year. But you go ahead and make your joke; does not impress me. Those guys work in harsh conditions to make the world a safer place for folks like...you!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jul 1, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    God Bless the hard working people trying to put out the fire. Is the state of N.C. using all of the resources that it has at its disposal to put out the fire? Seems like a grim picture of a man using a garden hose. Hope we can get some heavy rain soon.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jul 2, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to Stan
      Uh, that is NOT a garden hose. It's high-pressure, large-diameter sprayer that's attached to a water tanker on the trucks. It's much akin to the high-pressure hoses on fire trucks.
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        by lol on Jul 2, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
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      by Brian on Jul 2, 2011 at 07:53 AM in reply to Stan

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