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Air Quality Alert
Issued: 12:33 PM CDT Jul. 20, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Air quality alert in effect from 1 PM today through 9 am
Saturday...

The Minnesota pollution control agency has issued an air quality
alert for fine particle pollution for western portions of northern
and central Minnesota.

Air pollution monitors in northern Minnesota are showing a rapid
rise in fine particles with values exceeding an air quality index
(aqi) value of 100, along with weather observations showing
visibilities dropping to 1-5 miles due to smoke. The smoke plume
that traveled southward from southwest Ontario, Canada will continue
to move south/southwest across the remainder of the alert area. The
smoke arrives this afternoon into early evening from Bemidji to
Moorhead, and during the late evening and overnight from Alexandria
to Saint Cloud. Smoky conditions could last 6-8 hours at any
location. Smoke will begin decreasing from north to south with
northern portions of the alert area clearing Friday evening and
southern portions clearing out Saturday morning.

An air quality alert is issued when the aqi is expected to reach or
exceed 101, a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including
asthma), heart disease, children and older adults, and people who
are active outdoors should limit prolonged exertion.

For information on current air quality conditions in your area and
to sign-up for daily air quality forecasts and alert notifications
by email, text message, phone, or the Minnesota air Mobile app,
visit https://www.Pca.State.MN.US/air/current-air-quality. You can
find additional information about health and indoor and outdoor air
quality at www.Beairawaremn.Org.


1233 PM CDT Fri Jul 20 2018

... Air quality alert in effect from 1 PM today through 9 am
Saturday...

The Minnesota pollution control agency has issued an air quality
alert for fine particle pollution for western portions of northern
and central Minnesota.

Air pollution monitors in northern Minnesota are showing a rapid
rise in fine particles with values exceeding an air quality index
(aqi) value of 100, along with weather observations showing
visibilities dropping to 1-5 miles due to smoke. The smoke plume
that traveled southward from southwest Ontario, Canada will continue
to move south/southwest across the remainder of the alert area. The
smoke arrives this afternoon into early evening from Bemidji to
Moorhead, and during the late evening and overnight from Alexandria
to Saint Cloud. Smoky conditions could last 6-8 hours at any
location. Smoke will begin decreasing from north to south with
northern portions of the alert area clearing Friday evening and
southern portions clearing out Saturday morning.

An air quality alert is issued when the aqi is expected to reach or
exceed 101, a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including
asthma), heart disease, children and older adults, and people who
are active outdoors should limit prolonged exertion.

For information on current air quality conditions in your area and
to sign-up for daily air quality forecasts and alert notifications
by email, text message, phone, or the Minnesota air Mobile app,
visit https://www.Pca.State.MN.US/air/current-air-quality. You can
find additional information about health and indoor and outdoor air
quality at www.Beairawaremn.Org.