Smoke from western wildfires causing problems in Shelby County, health department says

Shelby County, Tenn. — People in Shelby County could be feeling the affects of wildfires raging on the other side of the country, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

The health department said in a press release Wednesday that smoke from wildfires in the western United States and as far away as Canada has drifted into Shelby County.

SCHD said that residents will mostly remain under a Code Yellow, but that increased concentration of particles could lead to a Code Orange for a brief time in the overnight hours, heading into Thursday.

Still, people and groups that are highly sensitive may want to avoid prolonged exertion for the next 24 hours, the health department said.

That includes people with breathing conditions such as asthma and COPD, those with heart conditions and the elderly. The Shelby County Health Department said people in these groups could experience shortness of breath, dizziness, coughing, headaches and feeling unwell.

If you or someone you know is in one of these groups experiences any of those symptoms for a prolonged period of time, SCHD said that you should seek medical attention.

The Shelby County Health Department issued this warning throughout midnight, but said that more updates will be released throughout the day.

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