Jacksonville, Fla.-- An air quality advisory was issued for Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon.
Jose Barrientos is warming up to play soccer with his buddies, but the smoke in the air has him taking the game a little easier. "I felt it a lot the last two days. It's very strong."
Everywhere you look, a haze covers the city. From the Jacksonville Landing, you can barely see the Hart Bridge because of the smoke. Ashes are falling all around the area. Vincent Seibold is the Division Chief for Environmental Quality in the city. "Folks that have respiratory issues, stay indoors," said Seibold.
The city monitors the air levels with machines everyday. Tuesday, the air quality index was in the red. That means it's at an unhealthy level. That's why an air quality advisory was issued. City officials say the smoke from the fire in southern Georgia is blowing our way and creating the haze and the smell. "It just gets in lungs and it can be problematic," said Seibold.
That's why they're warning people to take it easy if they're going to run or play outside. The air quality levels are monitored everyday. There could be another advisory issued again Wednesday.
You can track the levels right along with city officials. Just click on the link on the side of the page.