Air Quality Alert in effect for Middle Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An Air Quality Alert has been extended through midnight Friday morning for portions of Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky due to wildfire smoke from the western U.S.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued the Code Orange Health Advisory, beginning at midnight Wednesday morning, for multiple Tennessee counties, including the cities of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Clarksville and Columbia, among others.

Hopkinsville and Cadiz in southern Kentucky are also included in the alert.

The Code Orange Air Quality Alert means “ground level particulate matter concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.”

The department added that the general public is not likely to be affected, but children and adults, along with anyone suffering from a respiratory disease such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor activity.

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