CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect for coastal Charleston and Beaufort until 12 a.m. Saturday.
During a code orange, active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
A code orange means fine particulate concentrations in the smoke may approach or exceed unhealthy levels for sensitive adults.
According to the National Weather Service, numerous large wildfires within the southern Appalachian mountain region are producing large smoke plumes.
"These smoke plumes are expected to create unhealthy breathing conditions where the smoke is most concentrated," NWS officials said."Smoke from these fires can irritate the eyes and respiratory system as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases."
DHEC recommends that individuals with respiratory health issues limit time spent outdoors to avoid the smoke.
"Take measures to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. Keep windows and doors closed," NWS officials said."If operating an air conditioner or central heating unit, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside."