Charlotte air quality under Code Orange due to western NC wildfires


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UPDATE: 11/17/16

The Charlotte area is now under a Code Orange air quality alert.

For the past several hours we’ve seen strong smog blowing in from the growing wildfires in Western North Carolina.

The national weather service is advising “older adults, children, active people, and those with heart or lung disease to limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.”

Until further notice Charlotte fire department has canceled all burning permits and they’re prohibiting all outdoor burning, including recreational fires.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools have been taking heed to the warning and making different plans for their students.

Practice for all teams have been limited to a maximum of 45 minutes. School leaders also asking for children to be closely monitored in the time they may be spending outside.

As the fires continue to rage in the west there’s still no sign of significant rain in our forecast.

View the latest air quality forecast here.

For a complete list of updates on each fire, click here.

Environmental officials have raised the air quality alert to Code Red in several parts of the region Wednesday morning, November 16, including Charlotte and Hickory, according to WGHP.

As more than a dozen forest fires continue to blaze throughout western North Carolina, prompting mass evacuations, crews push to contain the flames and limit further damage.

As of 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Charlotte, Hickory, Polk, Rutherford, McDowell and several other townships, counties and cities are under the alert.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are advising students be kept inside the building as much as possible Wednesday. Practice and workouts for all sports teams will be limited to a maximum of 45-outdoor minutes, according to the CMS High School Athletic Director.

The Polar Bear Invite has been cancelled. 

The Piedmont Triad’s air quality alert remains moderate. Moderate, or Code Yellow, typically effects unusually sensitive people.

RELATED: As fires torch South, burn bans enacted, arson investigated

Crews continue to battle the flames as the Party Rock Fire has burned through 4,480 acres, the Boteler Fire has burned 8,967 acres, the Tellico Fire 13,679, Chestnut Knob 4,600 and Maple Springs 7,705.

Firefighters from all over the state, including the Piedmont Triad, have traveled to western North Carolina to aid in relief efforts.

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