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Code Orange ending; moderate air quality for Friday

Wildfires over the western U.S. sending smoky skies our way
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 9:24 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:26 PM EDT
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An air quality alert will be in effect throughout the day Thursday.
An air quality alert will be in effect throughout the day Thursday.(Jim Howard)

Forecasters say the smoke from those west coast wildfires will subside on Friday here in Eastern Carolina.

Most of the state on Thursday was under a Code Orange air quality alert due to smoky conditions.

State air quality experts now predict Code Yellow, or moderate air quality, on Friday for central and eastern North Carolina. A Code Orange will continue for the western third of the state.

Code Orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups, including individuals with respiratory and/or heart ailments, older adults, and children.

This is up 1850 feet from WITN's Grifton tower.
This is up 1850 feet from WITN's Grifton tower.(WITN)

Heavy outdoor exertion should be limited throughout the day.

The smoke will slowly shift more southward Thursday night into Friday.