It has been an exceptionally dry fall with leaves have lingered on the trees. However, North Carolina is suffering from grave forest fires. Over 50,000 acres have been impacted. The fires are raging in the mountains where the air is on Code Red. Yesterday, in Greensboro, the air was filled with the smell of smoke and we were on Code Orange. It was as if your neighbors were burning leaves in the backyard. Currently, an open burning ban is currently in effect. The low relative humidity and the dry conditions are making matters worse. Hopefully fires can be contained soon. In the meantime, enjoy the visual beauty of the out of doors and take extra caution with older friends and relatives, especially those with asthma.