Wildfire affects eastern North Carolina air quality
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CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST, N.C.-- Several Eastern North Carolina counties are under a code red air quality alert because of smoke from a wildfire.
Air quality officials say portions of Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties are experiencing particle pollution.
The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire has now burned more than 22,000 acres of land and about 25 percent of the first is contained.
"There's really no timeframe at this point. We're just working really diligently to get to that point of full containment and using all our ability and skills and resources to put towards the fire," said Derek Ibarguen, of the U.S. Forest Service.
Chris Collins, of The National Weather Service, said the smoke was the heaviest on Tuesday.
"Today the winds have become more Southern, there's a little bit more of a sea breeze so the smoke has actually moved more to the North to North East, away from this area," said Collins.
The National Weather Service says high pressure systems could continue to bring low visibility to several counties.
"It's kind of focusing around Craven, Jones and Pamlico," said Collins. "That tends to be the area where smoke seems to be the thickest and with the prevailing winds and things that's probably going to continue for the next few days."
While the fire doesn't pose any threat to people or property, smoke can be an issue for people with sensitive respiratory systems.
"Watch out for the notifications of the air quality in the New Bern area and the smoke issues," said Ibarguen.