The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Quality Alert in effect through 9 AM Saturday morning for portions of northern and central Minnesota due to Canadian wildfire smoke.

The smoke plume has southward from southwest Ontario will continue to move south & southwest across the remainder of the alert area. The smoke arrives this afternoon into early evening from Bemidji to Moorhead, and during the late evening and overnight from Alexandria to Saint Cloud.

Minnesota PCA

Smoky conditions could last 6-8 hours at any location, and visibilities will fall from 1 to 5 miles. Smoke will begin decreasing from north to south with northern portions of the alert area clearing Friday evening and southern portions clearing out Saturday morning.

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.

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