575  
AEUS73 KFGF 180237  
AQAFGF  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE  
MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FARGO/GRAND FORKS ND  
402 PM CDT THU AUG 16 2018  
 
MNZ001-002-003-004-005-006-007-008-009-013-014-015-016-017-022-023-  
024-027-028-029-030-031-032-040-191700-  
CLAY-EAST BECKER-EAST MARSHALL-EAST OTTER TAIL-EAST POLK-GRANT-  
HUBBARD-KITTSON-LAKE OF THE WOODS-MAHNOMEN-NORMAN-NORTH BELTRAMI-  
NORTH CLEARWATER-PENNINGTON-RED LAKE-ROSEAU-SOUTH BELTRAMI-  
SOUTH CLEARWATER-WADENA-WEST BECKER-WEST MARSHALL-WEST OTTER TAIL-  
WEST POLK-WILKIN-  
INCLUDING THE TRIBAL NATIONS OF LEECH LAKE AND RED LAKE  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF BEMIDJI, CROOKSTON, EAST GRAND FORKS,  
MOORHEAD, AND ROSEAU  
402 PM CDT THU AUG 16 2018  
   
..AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT THROUGH 12 PM SUNDAY
 
 
 
THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY  
ALERT FOR FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION FOR NORTHWESTERN AND NORTHERN  
MINNESOTA.  
 
A LARGE AREA OF CANADIAN WILDFIRE SMOKE IS MOVING INTO FAR NORTHWEST  
MINNESOTA AND WILL MOVE SOUTH AND EAST COVERING MUCH OF THE NORTHERN  
HALF OF THE STATE BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. AIR POLLUTION MONITORS  
SHOW A RAPID RISE IN FINE PARTICLES WITH VALUES EXCEEDING AN AIR  
QUALITY INDEX (AQI) VALUE OF 100 ALONG WITH WEATHER OBSERVATIONS  
SHOWING VISIBILITIES DROPPING TO 2-5 MILES IN THIS PLUME OF SMOKE AND  
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVER NORTHERN MINNESOTA. THE SMOKE PLUME IS FROM  
FIRES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALBERTA AND FROM WILDFIRES NORTH OF  
KENORA IN WESTERN ONTARIO. PERIODS OF SMOKE ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST  
IN THIS AREA THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. DURING THIS TIME, FINE PARTICLE  
POLLUTION IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT, OR ABOVE, A LEVEL THAT IS  
CONSIDERED UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON  
WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DECREASE THE TRANSPORT OF SMOKE INTO THE AFFECTED  
REGION.  
 
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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