Counties Under Code Red, Orange Air Alert

Much of Eastern Carolina is under an air quality alert for Wednesday. The air advisory is in effect until 3 p.m.

Counties under code red alert include Jones, Duplin, Onslow and Pender.

Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Greene, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt and Wayne counties are under a code orange alert.

Bruce MacDonald, public information officer with the North Carolina Division of Forestry Resources, says containment is still only at 68 percent for the Pender County wildfire. Residents can still expect to see smoke because the interior pockets of the fire are still burning.


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  • by toni on Jul 6, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    Im just surprised that there arent any comments about all that rain the areas are supposed to be getting like with the pains bay fire. I guess the ones making those comments live in areas directy affected by fires so its not so funny to make stupid comments. Im glad they got pains bay fire out and I hope they can quickly get the other fires out. Prayers to the fire fighters working with these fires.
  • by old man on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    smh at these thugs who set the fires. put them all in jail forever with one meal a day!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    Anonymous, you're not alone in smelling and dealing with the smoke. There is no magic wand that can be waved to dispel smoke from forest fires. Fire fighting personnel would LOVE for these fires to be out. Somer were arson-related, some by lightening, so keep that in mind. It will take Mother Nature to bless us with a good drenching all-day rain over the areas affected to get relief.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    What extra measures are they taking to put out the fires? Thank you for the code alert but I can smell the smoke already for the past month.
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