Hazy and smokey conditions expected for area today

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Residents in the area will likely see haze and smell smoke today after a wildfire in Polk County.

All of the listening area is currently under spring burning restrictions, with Hubbard County added to the list Monday afternoon, joining Beltrami, Cass and Clearwater counties.

“Wildfire danger is especially high in April and May because we have dry conditions with no snow protection,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor.

“Once the landscape ‘greens up’ fire danger goes down—but until then, restrictions reduce the potential for wildfires.”

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the grassfire began in the Mentor area.

The Minnesota State Patrol temporarily closed a segment of Highway 2 in the Mentor area Monday due to reduced visibility. The segment has since reopened.

If you see columns of smoke locally, call 911. Do not call 911 for haze or smell of smoke.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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