KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — East Tennesseans once again woke to a dense cover of smoke Monday as forest fires continued throughout the area.
The National Weather Service in Morristown said the situation was not expected to change soon.
“It looks pretty dry this upcoming week," said Elyse Hagner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown. "It does look like Friday or Saturday there will be a cold front moving through, but it doesn’t look like rain associated with it at this point."
That means no help was on the way for the hundreds of firefighters, some from as far as Idaho and Florida, who were fighting blazes from Chattanooga to Kingsport in Tennessee as well as in Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Hagner said temperatures should drop to highs in the 50s by Sunday and lows could get down in the 20s.
The Knox County Health Department said air conditions were on the verge of again reaching a "code red," meaning air quality had reached the "Unhealthy" level, which, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation website, indicates "everyone may begin to experience health effects." The air quality was a code red early this past week.
Lynne Liddington, Air Quality Department head at the Knox County Health Department, said getting rid of the smoke will take time.