Code Orange Air Quality Alert In Effect Friday Nov 18 (2016-11-18 16:22:32)

After a short break, smoke is expected to return to the High Country today.

The North Carolina Air Quality Forecast Center has placed the region under a Code Orange Alert for particulates and smoke drifting in from wildfires to our south.

Code Orange indicates that air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Older adults, children, active people and those with heart or lung diseases may experience health effects, and should limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

The Code Orange Alert extends from the High Country east to the Burlington Area, as well as south into Charlotte.
A Code Red Alert is in effect for Caldwell, Catawba, and counties westward into the region where most of the wildfires are burning.

Officials say that wildfires have consumed nearly 50,000 acres and have caused more than $12 Million dollars in damage.