Visibility issues have been reported around the Tennessee Valley due to wildfires across East Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. Easterly winds have caused the smoke to settle across the area. This has reduced visibility, and may cause issues with breathing especially those with asthma.
…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT THROUGH MIDNIGHT FOR HUNTSVILLE AND DECATUR…
THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (ADEM) HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR MADISON AND MORGAN COUNTIES, FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13.
AN AIR QUALITY ALERT MEANS THAT PARTICULATE MATTER CONCENTRATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH LEVELS THAT ARE UNHEALTHFUL FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA ARE AT THE HIGHEST RISK UNDER THESE EXPECTED CONDITIONS.
ADEM RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS DURING AN AIR QUALITY ALERT DAY:
CONSERVE ELECTRICITY AND SET YOUR AIR CONDITIONER AT A HIGHER TEMPERATURE.
LIMIT DRIVING AND COMBINE ERRANDS.
USE THE BUS OR CAR POOL TO WORK.
AVOID USE OF GASOLINE POWER LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT.
REFUEL CARS AND TRUCKS AFTER 6 PM.
LIMIT ENGINE IDLING.
USE HOUSEHOLD, WORKSHOP, AND GARDEN CHEMICALS IN WAYS THAT KEEP
EVAPORATION TO A MINIMUM, OR TRY TO AVOID THEM WHEN POOR AIR QUALITY IS FORECAST.
NIF BREATHING BECOMES DIFFICULT, MOVE INDOORS.
An additional statement from the Weather Service was provided earlier:
public Information Statement National Weather Service Huntsville AL 1208 PM CST Sun Nov 13 2016
…Smoke from fires to the east impacting the area…
Several large forest fires continue to burn across portions of northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee and far western North Carolina. Based on satellite, the largest of these fires appears to be the Rough Ridge Fire near the Cohutta Wilderness, Georgia.
Over the last few days the wind flow has helped to push the smoke from these fires westward into the Tennessee Valley. The stagnant nature of our airmass will allow the smoke to linger through at least Monday.