931  
AEUS73 KMPX 201739  
AQAMPX  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE  
MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY  
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN  
1142 AM CDT MON AUG 20 2018  
 
MNZ041-042-043-044-045-048-049-050-051-052-054-055-056-057-058-059-  
064-065-066-067-073-074-075-082-083-091-092-211400-BENTON-BLUE EARTH-  
BROWN-CHIPPEWA-DOUGLAS-FARIBAULT-ISANTI-KANABEC-KANDIYOHI-LAC QUI  
PARLE-MARTIN-MCLEOD-MEEKER-MILLE LACS-MORRISON-NICOLLET-POPE-REDWOOD-  
RENVILLE-SHERBURNE-SIBLEY-STEARNS-SWIFT-TODD-WATONWAN-WRIGHT-YELLOW  
MEDICINE-INCLUDING THE TRIBAL NATIONS OF MILLE LACS AND UPPER SIOUX  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ALEXANDRIA, BUFFALO, MANKATO, AND ST. CLOUD  
1142 AM CDT MON AUG 20 2018  
   
..AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT THROUGH 9 AM TUESDAY
 
 
THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY  
ALERT FOR FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST  
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 TUESDAY 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. TUESDAY.  
 
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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