Canadian forest fire smoke triggers air quality alert for northern Minnesota

Canadian forest fire smoke triggers air quality alert for northern Minnesota

16 August 2018

Published by https://www.twincities.com/


CANADA/USA – An air quality alert has been issued for the northern half of Minnesota effective through noon Sunday due to wildfire smoke heading south from Canada, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The affected area includes Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, Ely and the tribal nations of Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake and Red Lake.

A large area of Canadian wildfire smoke is moving into far northwest Minnesota and will move south and east, covering much of the northern half of the state by early Friday morning, the MPCA said.

Among people likely to be affected by the smoke are those with asthma, or other breathing conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure, as well as children and older adults.

Also, people of all ages who are doing extended or heavy, physical activity like playing sports or working outdoors may be affected.

By Saturday afternoon winds will begin to decrease the transport of smoke into the affected region, according to the MPCA. The southern half of Minnesota will be monitored for an air quality alert Friday night into Saturday.

Minnesota was under a statewide air quality alert last weekend as the Canadian wildfire smoke drifted over the region. A change in wind direction Sunday afternoon cleared out the haze.

The MPCA posts information about statewide air quality on its website.


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