Update: Burn ban in effect, air quality less than ideal

News release from the Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency:
Monday, November 6, 2023, is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys and northern ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. 
For the southern ridge tops, it is a code ORANGE air quality forecast day.  Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Children, active adults, and those with heart or respiratory disease, including asthma, should limit outdoor activity.
NO OPEN BURNING Effective at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5. The Buncombe County Fire Marshal’s Office issued a ban on open burning for all of Buncombe County due to adverse atmospheric conditions. Those conditions include high fire danger, low humidity, and strong gusty winds.
There is to be no burning of yard waste, debris, or land clearing burns during this ban. It is never legal to burn anything other than naturally occurring vegetation. This ban does not include fires contained in a pit, barbecue grill, or chiminea device smaller than three feet in diameter. 
The burning ban will remain in effect until conditions improve and the ban is canceled. 
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