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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  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jun 4, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    smelt. roflllll.....
  • by Wayne Cty where? on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:24 PM
    have been out all day today and have not smelt anything here in goldsboro
  • by barbara Location: Buxton, NC on Jun 3, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Sometimes I wonder if the smoke and fine particulates forecasters even know that Hatteras Island exists. It feels OK outside, but after a few minutes of being back in the house, I start hacking. It would really help to know what's really going on.
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      by jerry on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:12 PM in reply to barbara
      Depends on the wind.

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