The smoke you may smell is coming from fires in Northwest Ontario. Winds in a northerly direction are bringing to Cook County smoke from wildfires totaling a million-three hundred thousand acres.
The 118 active fires are largely concentrated in an area from the Manitoba border to above Thunder Bay, Ontario. The latest activity is two small fires in the Fort Francis Fire District in the Quetico Provincial Park along the border with the BWCAW. The two are above Ely and Prairie Portage west of Saganaga. They are small and their cause is unknown at this time.
Last week an Air Quality Advisory was issued for Grand Portage. If heat and high humidity accompany the smoke, particulates in the air may have an adverse effect on the elderly, young children and people with respiratory difficulties.
To see a map of fire locations, click here.
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