Smoke from Canadian Fires Reaching Northland

May 30, 2019 May 30, 2019 |  Photo: NOAA/WDIO

Updated: May 30, 2019 05:38 PM

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says smoke from several Canadian fires has reached the Northland, causing a haze in many areas.

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The western province of Alberta has been dealing with numerous large wildfires over the past two weeks, including two fires in the High Level area that have burned more than 600,000 acres and forced evacuations.

Some of the smoke may also be coming from a 7,300-acre fire near the northwestern Ontario First Nations community of Pikangikum. The fire started Wednesday and has forced the Canadian military to begin an evacuation by air.

The MPCA said air quality was good in the Twin Ports and on the North Shore as of Thursday afternoon, but was moderate on the Iron Range.  The MPCA said conditions are not expected to reach an unhealthy level, but they continue to monitor the situation closely.

The smoke is also contributing to brilliant sunrises and sunsets.

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