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Wildfire smoke spreads across Surry County and surrounding areas including Guilford, Forsyth counties

Pollution levels rise as fire crews battle the Pilot Mountain Wildfire.

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Take precautions if you’re traveling near or in the Pilot Mountain area.

Smoke from the Pilot Mountain Wildfire will also impact the Triad over the next several days. 

Forsyth County Emergency Services said they've received a number of calls about smoke and haze in the area. They're asking people not to report the smoke unless they see fire. Smoke was even seen along I-40 in Guilford County. 

Pollution levels will rise as wildfire smoke stretches across the skies of the Triad. As unhealthy levels of particle pollution increase, people with asthma and other health issues are advised to limit their outdoor activity during this period.

The winds will be switching from the northwest to the southwest, according to the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance. By noon Tuesday, the smoke fumes will primarily affect portions of Surry and Stokes counties into southern Virginia, Forsyth County officials reported.

The Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection will monitor the wildfire closely and will update the air quality forecast as needed.