Smoke from wildfire again clouds coastal skies
The state Division of Air Quality forecast unhealthy conditions for Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Camden and Currituck counties.Posted — Updated
The fire has burned roughly 41,000 acres in the sparsely populated area of three eastern counties. It remains 70 percent contained.
Map: Progress of the fire
Protect yourself from wildfire smoke
- Reduce time outdoors. This can provide protection, especially in a tightly closed house where the air-conditioner can re-circulate air instead of bringing in outdoor air.
- Reduce time engaged in outdoor physical activity. This can be effective in lowering the dose of inhaled air pollutants.
- Reduce other sources of indoor air pollution that can emit the same pollutants found in wildfire smoke. Indoor sources such as burning cigarettes, gas, propane and wood-burning stoves and furnaces, and activities such as cooking, burning candles and incense and vacuuming can greatly increase the particle levels in a home and should be avoided when wildfire smoke is present.
The state Division of Public Health lists the symptoms of smoke exposure as:
- scratchy throat
- shortness of breath
- irritated sinuses
- chest pain
- stinging eyes
- runny nose
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