MPCA predicting a less severe summer for drought, wildfires and smoke

Featured photo: The shores of Lake Bemidji on July 21, 2021, covered in a haze from wildfire smoke.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is predicting a less severe season compared to last summer as far as air quality, drought and wildfires are concerned.

The MPCA’s Nick Witcraft explained in a Tuesday virtual press conference that Canada and the western US will have abnormally dry conditions with an above-normal wildfire season, which will impact Minnesota.

Drought in northern Minnesota is expected to be around normal.

Southern Minnesota may still experience an above-average drought this year.


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