The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in Raleigh NC has extended a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulates...until midnight EDT Friday night.

A Code Orange Air Quality Action Day means that air pollution concentrations within the region have become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children...people suffering from asthma or other lung diseases...heart disease...and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors. A burn ban is also in effect for Code Orange days.

This particular alert is due to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and central Canada.

An Air Quality Action Day means that Fine Particulates concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

For additional information...please visit the North Carolina Division of Air Quality Web site at