Smoke from Southeastern wildfires moving into Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Smoke from Southeastern wildfires moving into Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The wildfires in Georgia and Florida are sending smoke drifting into Tennessee.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, saying smoke from the fires is causing a thick haze over much of the western half of Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

The weather statement covers an area mostly west of Interstate 65, extending from the Kentucky border to the Alabama line.

People with respiratory problems are cautioned to remain indoors.

Forecasters say the smoke could linger until Friday.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plants.

It can make eyes burn and irritate lungs. It can also worsen chronic heart and lung problems.

Visibility as low as a mile has been reported today, particularly near the Tennessee-Alabama border.

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