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AEUS73 KARX 101941  
AQAARX  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE  
MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
212 PM CDT FRI AUG 10 2018  
 
MNZ079-086-087-088-094-095-096-121700-  
DODGE-FILLMORE-HOUSTON-MOWER-OLMSTED-WABASHA-WINONA-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ROCHESTER AND WINONA  
212 PM CDT FRI AUG 10 2018  
   
..AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM SUNDAY
 
 
 
THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY  
ALERT FOR FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION FOR ALL OF MINNESOTA.  
 
SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN WESTERN CANADA WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT  
MINNESOTA FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AIR QUALITY INDICES (AQIS) IN  
THE ORANGE CATEGORY WILL SPREAD EASTWARD ACROSS NORTHERN MINNESOTA  
FRIDAY EVENING, MAKING AIR QUALITY UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS.  
AQIS WILL ALSO BE ORANGE ACROSS FAR WESTERN MINNESOTA FRIDAY EVENING  
AS SMOKE CONTINUES TO SIT OVER THAT REGION. MEANWHILE A THICK BLANKET  
OF SMOKE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN THE UPPER-LEVELS OF THE ATMOSPHERE  
THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE STATE.  
HOWEVER, SMOKE IS NOT EXPECTED TO IMPACT AIR QUALITY FROM ST CLOUD,  
TO THE TWIN CITIES AND ROCHESTER UNTIL MIDDAY SATURDAY. PERIODS OF  
SMOKE AND ORANGE AQIS WILL LINGER OVER THE STATE SATURDAY NIGHT  
BEFORE A SOUTH WIND BRINGS IN CLEANER AIR BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  
 
AN AIR QUALITY ALERT IS ISSUED WHEN THE AQI IS EXPECTED TO REACH OR  
EXCEED 101, A LEVEL CONSIDERED UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS.  
SENSITIVE GROUPS, SUCH AS PEOPLE WITH LUNG DISEASE (INCLUDING  
ASTHMA), HEART DISEASE, CHILDREN AND OLDER ADULTS, AND PEOPLE WHO ARE  
ACTIVE OUTDOORS SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED 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.  
 

 
 
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