Active Weather Alerts
Air Quality Alert
Issued: 6:47 PM Aug. 1, 2021 – National Weather Service
Carlton/South St. Louis-Central St. Louis- Crow Wing-Koochiching-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, Mille Lacs, and Red Lake Including the cities of Brainerd, Duluth, Ely, Hibbing, Hinckley, International Falls, and Two Harbors 147 PM CDT Sun Aug 1 2021 ...AIR QUALITY ALERT REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 3 PM CDT TUESDAY... * 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 Orange or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category. * WHERE...North central and northeast Minnesota. * WHEN...Through 3 PM CDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, and children and older adults, may experience health effects. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Smoke from Canadian wildfires lingers over most of Minnesota. There has been some improvement Sunday afternoon to the air quality. However, on Sunday evening more smoke is expected to move into Minnesota. This reinforcing batch of heavy smoke along with smoke recirculating from the past several days will create high levels of fine particle pollution. Fine particle levels will begin to improve Monday as southerly winds start moving the smoke out of the state. Fine particle levels are expected to reach the Orange AQI category, a level considered unhealthy for sensitive individuals, across northern Minnesota with Red, a level considered unhealthy for all individuals possible along the Canadian border. This risk for Red AQI includes International Falls. The forecast for Orange AQI includes Duluth, Brainerd, Ely, Virginia, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, and children and older adults, should limit 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.