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May 25, 2007

Wildfire Smoke Health Advisory
from the South Health District


Valdosta -- The South Health District is issuing a health advisory for Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties because of the smoke caused by the current wildfires.

Public Health is asking that all outdoor events, especially recreational, be postponed until this health advisory is lifted.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Small children, older adults and anyone with a chronic illness should take precautions and limit outdoor time.

The graduation ceremonies set for Friday night should continue as scheduled, but Lowndes County High's graduation schedule is being assessed by school officials.

Alicia Eakin will have more on this story in our evening newscast.

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