A map of NC is pictured that has numbers contained in yellow, red and orange boxes that denote air quality readings. The orange box is over an area that has the poorest air quality, while orange in the next poorest followed by yellow.

The map shows particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations across the state. Wildfires in western North Carolina have contributed to a spike in PM2.5 readings in the region.
Credit: NC DEQ

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