EMS: Heavy smoke blankets Macon Co., limiting visibility - FOX Carolina 21

EMS: Heavy smoke blankets Macon Co., limiting visibility

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Visibility in Franklin, NC down to 2 miles. (FOX Carolina/ 11/5/16) Visibility in Franklin, NC down to 2 miles. (FOX Carolina/ 11/5/16)
FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Smoke continues to blanket portions of Macon County drastically reducing visibility, according to Macon County Emergency Services.

Traffic was detoured around a section of U.S. Highway 64 West for a short period of time this afternoon due to low visibility. Smoky conditions will continue to affect Macon County tomorrow. Drivers should allow some extra driving time and reduce speed in areas of low visibility. 

FOX Carolina meteorologist Ted Phaeton said visibility was down to 2 miles in Franklin, N.C. due to smoke, not fog, as many could mistake it for.

Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Older adults and children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke. Avoiding these areas if smoke does irritate your health condition is the best recommendation, but if that is not possible indoor air can be kept cleaner by keeping windows and doors closed as much as possible.

Conditions are still extremely dangerous for outdoor burning. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged and is not recommended until significant rainfall decreases the fire danger, which may be later this month. A wildfire that initiates from improper burning could endanger lives, structures, and property.

Resources from various local, state and federal agencies are arriving in the area to assist with fire control efforts. Caution should be used around fire control areas due to increased emergency vehicle traffic and bystanders should avoid those areas. Callers should not call 9-1-1 just to inquire about the smoke conditions and should only call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

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