Wildfires in the Nantahala National Forest are creating compromised air quality across western North Carolina.
The NC Department of Environmental Quality says the smoky air is unhealthy for sensitive groups. These include children, active people, older adults and those with heart or lung disease (like asthma and COPD). If you fall into any of these categories, you are urged to limit your outdoor activities.
You should seek medical attention with your primary care provider if you suffer respiratory distress.
The counties affected are Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey – below 4000 feet.