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Air quality alert issued for all of Minnesota

Wildfires in Canada sending smoke across the state Friday and Saturday.

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 2:44 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2018 2:45 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A statewide air quality alert has been issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Smoke from wildfires in western Canada is expected to spread across northern Minnesota Friday and southern Minnesota on Saturday. That will lower air quality to a point where it will be unhealthy for sensitive groups like children and older adults, people with breathing conditions, and people doing heavy physical activity.

The smoke is not anticipated to impact Rochester until midday on Saturday.

The Pollution Control Agency is urging all Minnesotans to limit their physical activity during times of poor air quality and stay away from local sources of air pollution like busy roads and wood fires.

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