Air quality alert issued in Carolinas due to wildfires - FOX Carolina 21

Air quality alert issued in Carolinas due to wildfires

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Fire containment as of Monday (file/FOX Carolina) Fire containment as of Monday (file/FOX Carolina)
NORTH CAROLINA (FOX CAROLINA) -

Several places in the Carolinas are under alert because of the numerous wildfires.  

According to the National Weather Service, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has issued a code red and purple air quality action day for fine particulates in western North Carolina counties. Red code will be in effect until midnight and purple code will be in effect until Wednesday midnight.

A code red and purple quality action day means that fine particulates concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

The air quality alert was expanded Monday afternoon to include the Upstate of South Carolina.

The Weather Service informs people living in the cities under code red may experience some health effects. Old adults, children, active people and those with heart or lung disease may experience more serious health effects.

The Weather Service advises people to limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Everyone living in the cities under purple code, The Weather Service informs, is likely to be affected, even those with good health.

Therefore, The Weather Service advises everyone in impacted areas to avoid all outdoor exertion.

Click here to see the list of places that are under red or purple codes. 

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