The Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection (FCEAP) continues to monitor the fire at the fertilizer facility located in the 4400 block of North Cherry Street in northern Winston-Salem. While fire suppression activities have resumed and are making significant progress in extinguishing the fire and air quality conditions are improving, a smoke plume from the fire will continue to impact local air quality until the fire is completely extinguished. The area of impact will continue to shift with anticipated changes in wind direction. Enhanced air monitoring by EPA is continuing in the area immediately around the fire location. FCEAP recommends avoiding outdoor activity in and near the smoke plume, especially children, and adults with compromised respiratory conditions including asthma and COPD. FCEAP will provide updates, as needed, until local impacts to air quality subside.
For the most current air quality information available, please visit www.AirNow.gov and enter your zip code. FCEAP’s local air pollution monitoring network feeds data directly to AirNow 24/7.