The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from the north Georgia wildfires.
Under Code Red conditions, the outdoor air quality is likely to be unhealthy for everyone, according to the alert. Everyone should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
Fine particles and consequent health risks are likely to be highest when smoke is readily detected. Particle concentrations can remain elevated throughout the day even in the absence of smoke.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
More information on the air quality alert can be found at https://airnow.gov/.
Along with the air quality alert, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued a drought declaration for the majority of Georgia. In the executive order declaring the drought, Deal also placed a ban on the ignition of any consumer fireworks through the remainder of the drought.