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Northern Cook/Northern Lake, Southern Cook/North Shore, Cook County

Air Quality Alert issued July 31 at 9:47AM CDT by NWS Duluth
Issued: Friday, Jul 30 at 03:28 pm
Expires: Tuesday, Aug 03 at 03:00 pm

...AIR QUALITY ALERT NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH 3 PM CDT TUESDAY...
...LONG DURATION AND UNPRECEDENTED SIGNIFICANT AIR QUALITY EVENT
UNFOLDING ACROSS MINNESOTA...
* WHAT...The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air
Quality Alert for fine particle pollution. The Air Quality Index
(AQI) is expected to reach the Purple or Very Unhealthy category.
This will be a long duration and unprecedented significant air
quality event for Minnesota.
* WHERE...North central and northeast Minnesota.
* WHEN...Through 3 PM CDT Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...The risk of health effects is increased for everyone.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Smoke from Canadian wildfires lingers over
most of Minnesota. Northerly winds behind a cold front will bring
more smoke from wildfires located north of the Canadian border in
Ontario and Manitoba into Minnesota today. Smoke will continue
pouring into the state throughout Saturday and into Sunday. High
pressure will build over the area for Sunday and remain over the
area for Monday into Tuesday morning. Smoke will recirculate under
the high pressure, leading to prolonged period of heavy smoke.
Fine particle levels will begin to improve Tuesday as southerly
winds start moving the smoke out of the state. Fine particle
levels are expected to reach the Purple AQI category, a level
considered very unhealthy for everyone, across north central
Minnesota. This area includes Hibbing, Brainerd, and the tribal
nations of Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Mille Lacs. Fine particle
levels are expected to reach the Red AQI category, a level
considered unhealthy for everyone, across northern Minnesota. This
area includes Ely and the tribal nation of Fond du Lac. Fine
particle levels are expected to reach the Orange AQI category, a
level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, for far
northeastern Minnesota. This area includes Duluth, Two Harbors,
and the tribal nation of Grand Portage.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including
asthma), heart disease, and children and older adults, should avoid
all physical activities outdoors. The general public should avoid
prolonged or heavy exertion.
For information on current air quality conditions in your area and to
sign up for daily air quality forecasts and alert notifications by
email, text message, phone, or the Minnesota Air mobile app, visit
https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/current-air-quality. You can find
additional information about health and air quality at
https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/why-you-should-care-air-quality-and-
health.