Thick Smoke Crosses State Line

By: Angela Salerno Email
By: Angela Salerno Email

The gray skies are affecting the roadways and the health of some people.

Many local residents say they woke up Saturday morning to the smell of campfire and foggy skies.

The smoke cleared out by early afternoon, but health experts say you should still take precautions.

Georgia forestry officials say 45,000 acres are burning near Waycross, GA. High winds are pushing that smoke into the Big Bend area.

Niki Anderson is a Quincy resident and said, "There was a lot of smoke. We had the doors of the house open and the windows, and I thought it was just a burning."

Onofrio Chicco lives in Tallahassee and said, "I looked out the window and thought what's going on, it was all gray, it was the smoke from the fires, I think they are far from here."

The smoke blows in from more than 140 miles away, and the smoky skies are making for poor visibility on the highways.

“If you are driving through the smoke, slow down, you need to drive safely", said Chris Floyd, Director of Capital Area Red Cross.

Health experts say if you have to drive through heavy smoke to shut your vents and close your windows. Health officials also say toxins in the smoke may cause smoke inhalation.

"I was coughing a little bit, I just didn't like it. It was coming in the house, making the house smell," said Anderson.

"Headaches, if you have a cold, it can effect your cold negatively, there a lot of simple minor effects including: coughing, shortness of breath, itchy and watery eyes," said Floyd.

Limited physical activity is also encouraged. Health officials also recommend residents to keep airways moist, by drinking plenty of water.

Officials at Florida Highway Patrol ask drivers to slow down in smoky areas. They are also beefing up patrol on the interstate.

Meteorologists say a shift in winds will be pushing the smoke to Southeast Georgia overnight into Sunday.


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