Smoky pall from wildfires in Carolina

A thick haze of smoke from wildfires in the state's rural east will continue to blanket the Triangle today, causing dangerous levels of air pollution.

State air quality officials on Thursday recorded the highest levels of so-called fine-particle pollution ever seen in Raleigh. They predicted Code Red conditions today as well.

Weather forecasters say smoke could keep Triangle residents sequestered in their homes for much of Saturday, too.

"Once the smoke is here and it's this thick, it's going to take some time to blow it out," said National Weather Service forecaster Jeff Orrock.

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