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Charlotte air quality deemed unhealthy as result of western NC wildfires

The winds have changed direction, sending dangerous amounts of wildfire smoke into the Charlotte area.

Experts have warned against being outside for prolonged periods of time. This is especially important for elderly and very young.

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The plumes of smoke are a result of wildfires making their way through the Appalachian Mountains. Fifteen blazes cover 45,000 acres in three states.

Many of them are not close to being contained because of the rough terrain and varying winds.

Arson has been suspected of one of the wildfires that burns south of the Carolina Border in Rock Mountain, Georgia. Currently, it is 10 percent contained and has claimed 6,500 acres of forest.

Screenshot as of 1 PM Wednesday Nov 16

Screenshot as of 1 PM Wednesday Nov 16

More than 1,000 firefighters and emergency crews are working to combat the flames.

Check back with the Free Press for updates on the western NC wildfires.