Augusta sky smoky from south Georgia fire

Weather Service issues alert

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Augusta's Calhoun Expressway appeared very hazy.
Friday, July 8, 2011 9:30 AM
Last updated Saturday, July 9, 2011 7:32 AM
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The National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C., issued an alert on the wildfire smoke  Friday morning. According to the alert, the area will be impacted by the smoke throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.

 Meteorologists expect conditions to clear up by 2 p.m. when scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to move into the area. Motorists are asked to use caution as smoke is expected to reduce visibility up to a mile in some areas.

 Forestry rangers are attributing the smoke seen throughout the area this morning to wildfires in south Georgia.

 According to Ranger Larry Felix with the Georgia Forestry Commission in Harlem, wind directions have shifted pulling more of the smoky air through the Augusta area.

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