439  
AEUS73 KDLH 201737  
AQADLH  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE  
MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN  
1142 AM CDT MON AUG 20 2018  
 
MNZ011-012-018-019-020-021-025-026-033-034-035-036-037-038-211400-  
CARLTON/SOUTH ST. LOUIS-CENTRAL ST. LOUIS-CROW WING-NORTH CASS-NORTH  
ITASCA-NORTH ST. LOUIS-NORTHERN AITKIN-NORTHERN COOK/NORTHERN LAKE-  
PINE-SOUTH AITKIN-SOUTH CASS-SOUTH ITASCA-SOUTHERN COOK/NORTH SHORE-  
SOUTHERN LAKE/NORTH SHORE-  
INCLUDING THE TRIBAL NATIONS OF FOND DU LAC, GRAND PORTAGE, LEECH  
LAKE, AND MILLE LACS  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF BRAINERD, DULUTH, ELY, HIBBING, HINCKLEY, AND  
TWO HARBORS  
1142 AM CDT MON AUG 20 2018  
 
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TODAY THROUGH 9 AM  
TUESDAY...  
 
THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY  
ALERT FOR FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION FOR NORTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
A NARROW BUT THICK BAND OF WILDFIRE SMOKE ORIGINATING FROM BRITISH  
COLUMBIA IS CURRENTLY OVER CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MINNESOTA THIS  
MORNING. AIR POLLUTION MONITORS SHOW FINE PARTICULATES GREATER THAN  
AN AIR QUALITY INDEX (AQI) VALUE OF 101 (ORANGE) IN THIS AREA. THIS  
PLUME OF SMOKE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SOUTH DURING THE DAY AND PERSIST  
INTO THE OVERNIGHT. DURING THIS TIME, FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION IS  
EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT, OR ABOVE, A LEVEL THAT IS CONSIDERED UNHEALTHY  
FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO IMPROVE OVERNIGHT FROM  
NORTH TO SOUTH AS THE SMOKE PLUME BEGINS TO EXIT THE REGION. THE  
SMOKE IS EXPECTED TO EXIT THE STATE COMPLETELY BY 9 A.M. TOMORROW.  
 
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.  
 

 
KC  
 
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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