Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 7:59am.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- An air quality advisory is in effect for northeastern North Carolina as smoke from a wildfire in Dare County continues drifting northward. Officials from the Division of Air Quality say residents from Manteo to Elizabeth City and the northern Outer Banks could experience unhealthy air quality. Sensitive groups of people such as the elderly or those with respiratory ailments are advised to reduce or avoid heavy or prolonged exertion outside. Code Orange conditions are in effect for Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Tyrrell counties. The wildfire in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Dare and Hyde counties has burned for almost two weeks. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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