MPCA Issues Air Quality Alert for Parts of Minnesota

MPCA Issues Air Quality Alert for Parts of Minnesota Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell

August 20, 2018 01:15 PM

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for the northeast, central and southwest portions of the state effective through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The area affected includes Mankato, Marshall, St. Cloud, Alexandria, Brainerd, Duluth, Hibbing and Ely, as well as the tribal nations of Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Fond du Lac and Mille Lacs.

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RELATED: Air Quality Alert Remains in Effect, Smoke to Clear Sunday

A narrow, but thick band of wildfire smoke originating from British Columbia is currently over the central and northeast portions of the state. The plume of smoke is expected to move south as the day goes on.

That means the fine particle pollution in the air is expected to remain at or above a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The smoke is expected to exit the state completely by Tuesday morning.

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