GATES CO, NC -- You can't see in front of you and stay off Rt. 13 if you can, says Sheriff Eddie Webb.

Calling from the scene of a log truck and car crash Wednesday morning, Sheriff Webb said smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp wildfire is blanketing the county.

'Visibility is down to less than 3 feet in some areas. It's so thick that I had to roll down my window and look down to see the yellow line to make sure I was on the right side of the road,' he said.

He said two troopers responding to the crash were nearly struck by a passing car.

He hoped drivers headed from Suffolk would avoid Rt. 13 to bypass the area.

An employee at Dave's Place in Eure said the heavy smoke has been in the area for much of the morning.

A customer pulled in and said it was very dangerous on the road and he could barely see out his window, the woman stated.

The Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality said the wildlife smoke has created very poor visibility in southern parts of the city of Suffolk and parts of Southampton and Isle of Wight counties. Code Orange could turn into Code Red/Purple, especially along Rt. 13 and Rt. 32 during the day Wednesday.

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