The air quality is slowly improving across the mountains, as smoke from area wildfires continue to be problematic for those with breathing difficulties.
Watauga County improves to “Moderate” status, while Avery and Ashe move to the “Good” status for Saturday.
The North Carolina Air Quality Forecast Center for Saturday says:
“The wildfire / smoke situation appears to be improving. Increased winds and good mixing on Saturday will help disperse the smoke, and only a relatively limited area near and downwind (south/southeast) of active wild fires will experience Code Orange air quality. The amount of smoke being generated by the fires is reduced, which will also limit the areal coverage of smoke.
Code Orange air quality is forecast for McDowell county, which will be downwind of the Clear Creek fire, and also Macon County where there are a couple of active fires.
Code Orange air quality is also possible to any active and smoldering fires in Watauga County and south/southwest of Asheville.”