Buncombe Air Quality Forecast is Green and Yellow, and Burn Ban Remains in Effect

As of Monday, November 20, 2023, there is a code green air quality forecast for the valleys and northern ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range.

For the southern ridge tops, it is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.

The ๐๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐›๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ ๐๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐„๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž ๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ค is still in effect.


Buncombe County issued a state of emergency banning burning effective at 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 due to the extreme risk of fire. The declaration applies within the municipal limits of the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the town of Woodfin, the Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Montreat, and the Town of Biltmore Forest.

The state of emergency will continue until emergency service officials advise the County otherwise. Under the state of emergency, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including fire pits, campfires, tiki torches, and chimineas. Only the preparation of food using outdoor grills is allowed.

For up-to-date forecasts and discussion, go to https://airquality.climate.ncsu.edu.