NASA images give view of smoke impact from fires

Wildfires burning in the western part of North Carolina have begun to create air quality issues for the Charlotte area.

Views from space give a clear look at some smoky skies across the southeast.

These satellite images taken by NASA show how far smoke from fires across the southeast and in Western North Carolina is traveling. 

Charlotte woke up to smoggy conditions Tuesday morning and smelled heavily of smoke.

"I was looking up you can't even see the buildings!"

It was quite a sight, or lack there of, as Charlotteans made their way out Tuesday morning greeted by thick smoke and fog. 

Where you should be able to see the bright lights of the city at any hour was nothing but a hazy glow over I-277. 

It was the same story at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown, Charlotte a spot typically known for its picturesque skyline backdrop. The Party Rock fire in Western North Carolina continues to grow with up to 3700 acres in flames and just 15% of it contained.

At one point the visibility was so bad the FAA grounded flights at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport causing several delays. 

Everything is back up and running now, but be sure to check with your airline for any delays.

Keep in mind, on Tuesday the Charlotte area air quality is in a 'code orange' which is unhealthy for sensitive groups, but the general public is fine. However, that is just one level above 'code red,' where Burke County falls which means the air quality is unhealthy for anyone and everyone outside.

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