Air Quality Alert Issued For Much For Eastern NC

The Dare County wildfire continues to affect people well beyond its borders as state officials have issued an advisory for air pollution across much of eastern North Carolina because of smoke.

Forecasters are predicting unhealthy to very unhealthy air Friday in parts of Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties with air that's unhealthy for sensitive groups possible in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Cumberland, Dare Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Onslow, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington and Wayne counties.

Sensitive groups include older people, children and those with respiratory ailments.

The fire began burning May 5 in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Dare and Hyde counties.

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