Canadian wildfires on an early start, air quality alert for Northern Minnesota

The Canadian wildfire season is off to an early start, and the northern half of the state is under an air quality alert today.

Smoke from a number of wildfires in Alberta and Saskatchewan will be pulled into the state on a cold front, with the possibility of some of that smoke coming to ground level.

The air quality can be hazardous for certain groups, including young children, the elderly, and those with lung conditions.

Areas of western Canada have seen record-breaking heat and are on track for an active wildfire season this year.

Below is the alert from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency:

“A band of smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan is currently moving east across Ontario. A strong cold front will dive south overnight and begin pulling this smoke south towards Minnesota. Sinking air behind the front will bring this smoke to the surface. Smoke will cross the Canadian border into northern Minnesota around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Northerly winds will push the smoke as far south as Hinckley and Alexandria by Tuesday afternoon. Air quality should improve across northeast Minnesota Tuesday afternoon. Smoke may linger across northwest Minnesota through Tuesday.”


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