Air remains unhealthy in areas affected by Knoxville mulch fire

Air remains unhealthy in areas affected by Knoxville mulch fire

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Smoke continues to billow from the site on Ailor Avenue. Smoke continues to billow from the site on Ailor Avenue.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Rain helped some Wednesday at the site of the mulch fire in Knoxville, but not enough to put it out.

The air is visibly cleaner in the city on the fourth day of the fire at Shamrock Organic Products, but the smoke continues to billow from the site on Ailor Avenue.

The Knox County Health Department said Wednesday the air within the areas impacted by smoke is unhealthy.

Since the affected area changes with weather and wind patterns that move the smoke through the air, the health department is getting help from the National Weather Service to inform the public.

The maps will be posted on the health department website with twice daily updates.

In the affected areas, health department officials recommend that everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outside.

In smoky areas, the public is advised to stay inside with the air conditioning on and set to recirculate inside air, if the unit permits.

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