More Unhealthy Air Thanks To Wildfire

Another day of unhealthy air is predicted for parts of Eastern Carolina because of the Pains Bay Wildfire that continues to burn in Dare County.

So far the wildfire has burned 70 square miles, or about twice the size of Greenville.

Code Purple to Code Red conditions are likely for those in mainland Dare and Hyde counties and on the Outer Banks from Hatteras to Ocracoke. Code Orange conditions could occur in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Onslow, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties.

The fire was first noticed May 5th and is now 75% contained. Firefighters are now pumping up to 165-million gallons of water per day to put out the burning peat soil along the edge of the massive fire which has mostly been contained to federal land.


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