Air quality alert for northern Minnesota

Featured photo depicts dense fog and smoke at the Shay-now-ish-kung “Chief Bemidji” statue around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20.

An air quality alert is in effect for northern Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, smoke from Canadian wildfires will move in by a northerly wind.

Fine particle levels are expected to be in the Orange AQI category, a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups such as those with respiratory illness, the elderly, and children.

Air pollution can also aggravate heart and cardiovascular disease.

The smoke will remain over the region through Wednesday morning.

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