RALEIGH, N.C. -- Air quality officials in North Carolina are continuing an advisory for air pollution in western North Carolina because of smoke from a Burke County wildfire.
The N.C. Division of Air Quality says residents in Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and Watauga counties could experience unhealthy air quality, depending on wind directions.
A 1,800-acre wildfire in the Pisgah National Forest is producing heavy smoke that could contain high levels of particle pollution. The fire is centered in the Linville Gorge Wilderness near Table Rock Mountain, and satellite photos show a large plume of smoke drifting downwind. Smoke could reach as far as Boone, Marion and Hickory.
The air pollution forecast for Saturday suggests people with chronic lung ailments and children should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity.