Air quality concerns in northern Minnesota

Canadian wildfires the culprit

Steve Simpson
August 17, 2018 - 8:53 am
Hazy sunset

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air quality alert for the northern half of Minnesota due to wildfires in western Ontario, Canada.

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


MPCA map
Courtesy MPCA


The alert will remain in effect through midday Sunday. 

Fine particle pollution is expected to remain at or above levels considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Those groups include children and older adults, those who have asthma and people who have heart disease or high blood pressure.

In a press release, the agency says they will continue to monitor the southern half of the state, including the Twin Cities, for a possible alert in that area at a later time.