Air quality warnings issued in response to Croatan wildfire

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NEW BERN, N.C. — Residents of three eastern North Carolina counties could experience unhealthy air quality conditions because of smoke from a wildfire in a national forest that’s burned at least 8,000 acres.

The state Division of Air Quality issued a Code Red advisory for portions of Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties for Tuesday. It also issued a Code Orange warning for residents of eight counties: Beaufort, Craven, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Jones and Washington. That means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The fire burning in the Croatan National Forest began after the U.S. Forest Service did a prescribed burn there last week.

Air quality monitors as far west as Raleigh and as far north as Tarboro have shown increased particle pollution.
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