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Suffocating smoke in area hits ‘very unhealthy’ level

Fog-like conditions in Ely worst in region

Posted 8/26/21

REGIONAL- Smoke from area fires is causing a dramatic decline in air quality and visibility across the North Country today, with an area of “very unhealthy” conditions centered on Ely and …

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Suffocating smoke in area hits ‘very unhealthy’ level

Fog-like conditions in Ely worst in region

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REGIONAL- Smoke from area fires is causing a dramatic decline in air quality and visibility across the North Country today, with an area of “very unhealthy” conditions centered on Ely and points east as of mid-morning.

As of 10 a.m., Ely’s air quality was nearly 70 percent worse than predicted yesterday by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, with a particulate level of 261.

“Unhealthy” air quality predominates across the North Country, and is predicted to remain so through Friday evening. But the Greenwood fire, which expanded to nearly 26,000 acres overnight, appears to be the primary contributor to the “very unhealthy” conditions in Ely.

Visibility was significantly impaired by the smoke, but conditions were expected to improve somewhat in the afternoon, according to the MPCA air quality forecast.

Children, asthmatics and people with heart or lung conditions are advised to avoid the outdoors and all others should reduce their outdoors exertion when “very unhealthy” conditions exist. Anyone can experience smoke-related health symptoms when air quality standards are deemed unhealthy or worse.

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