West/north wind means less smoke for Chattanooga, more for the mountains

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Monday’s wind change is blowing new air into Chattanooga & worse air into the mountains.

Chattanooga was still under a Code Orange alert today, but there was less smoke to see.

It is a sign that the fires on Walden’s Ridge and Lookout Mountain are taming somewhat.

But none of them have matched the major smoke factories that are the wildfires in the mountains to our East.

Over the weekend, the winds blew smoke from those fires to us.

Now the direction is reversed.

There are 3 major fires just over the mountains on the other side of Murphy, North Carolina.

And the Rough Ridge fire in the Cohutta Wilderness has now burned upwards of 20,000 acres and still growing.

That’s 20 times the size of the Flipper Bend fire on Signal Mountain.

So mountain air is, by far, the worst right now.

Check out the alert map for North Carolina for Tuesday.

Code Orange is a bad summer day, Code Red is worse (we had one last week), and Code Purple is “unhealthy air,” the worst category of all.

Four counties in the tip of North Carolina are under Code Purple today, including Cherokee.

NC Air Quality map

Christine M. Butler @christine_m_butler Smoke meets fog, and not only did the mountains in the background disappear, but so did the school (should be on the left). #nature #forestfires #smoke #fog #Hayesville #westerncarolina

Christine M. Butler
@christine_m_butler
Smoke meets fog, and not only did the mountains in the background disappear, but so did the school (should be on the left). #nature #forestfires #smoke #fog #Hayesville #westerncarolina

Polk County is also coping with worse air.

They are closing South Polk Elementary for Wednesday (all other schools remain open).

Winds have been blowing from the West into East Tennessee and then sweeping South into Georgia.

Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core says this favorable wind pattern (for Chattanooga) should continue through Wednesday evening.

Smoke Satellite Image

(note the plume heading into Central Georgia is the Rough Ridge fire)

Categories: Chattanooga, Cherokee County, Local News

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