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Virginia DEQ issues ‘code red’ alert for region for unhealthy air quality due to wildfires

Crystal Graham
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Code Red Air Quality Action Day for Fine Particulates for much of Virginia through midnight tonight.

Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren counties are included in the code red area.

An Air Quality Action Day means that fine particulate concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

For more information, visit www.deq.virginia.gov

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.