On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a Code Orange air quality alert for several parts of Southwest Virginia due to smoke from western U.S. wildfires.
A Code Orange Air Quality Action Day alert indicates that air pollution may affect sensitive groups such as children, the elderly and individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung disease and/or heart disease; however, the general public may be less affected.
The alert was issued until 9 p.m. for the following areas:
- Botetourt County
- Roanoke County
Members a part of the sensitive groups should proceed with caution and limit their time outside. According to the department, the effects of air pollution can be reduced by avoiding strenuous activity or by excercising.
For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality website.