Greenwood fire smoke affects northern Minnesotan communities |

Greenwood fire smoke affects northern Minnesotan communities

Kenny Johnson
Updated: August 24, 2021 11:01 PM
Created: August 24, 2021 10:59 PM

The Greenwood fire is still burning strong and thick haze continues to fill the air. With that, a bonfire smell is also spreading across northern Minnesota. 

Ely is one of those northern Minnesota cities that is getting all this smoke. Locals and visitors alike are taking it day by day as air quality can change with the wind. 

Karen Hamilton has witnessed this first hand agreeing saying, “It changes every day, depending on the wind and what it’s doing.” She has been monitoring the fire in all aspects because of how close she lives to the fire. “It’s a terrible beast, this fire, it’s unreal. It smells like garbage”, she says. 

Hamilton had to leave her Murphy City home because of how close it was to the fire. She notes how frightening the smoke became as the fire continued to grow. “[Monday] it was terrifying you see it breathe into itself, forming its own cloud, its own weather, and even creating its own lightning it was terrifying”, Hamilton says.

Visitors to Ely where even caught of guard by how bad the air quality was. Karen Hamilton and Dave Boquist were staying at a friend’s cabin and were affected by the smoke. “I kind of feel a little panicky, I don’t like that feeling of -I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath when I got here”, says Kramer. 

And with smoke in the air, communities are constantly reminded of the firefighters combating the wildfires. “We are very thankful for the fire fighters and for our local loggers for helping them and running equipment to the front lines”, says Karen Hamilton. 


Kenny Johnson

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