Air Quality Alert Issued for Northern Half of Minnesota Through Sunday

Air Quality Alert Issued for Northern Half of Minnesota Through Sunday Photo: KSTP

August 16, 2018 05:01 PM

Half of the state of Minnesota will be under an air quality alert for most of the weekend.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for the northern half of the state starting Thursday at 3 p.m. and lasting until Sunday at noon.

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Affected areas include Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, Ely and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake and Red Lake.

The alert was prompted by smoke from Canadian wildfires moving into Minnesota.

RELATED: MPCA Issues Air Quality Alert for Western, Northwestern Minnesota thru Saturday

The MPCA said the southern half of the state will be monitored for a possible air quality alert Friday night into Saturday.

The unhealthy air quality can impact those with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, children and old adults and people who spend extended time outdoors.

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