Air quality alert for western and north central Minnesota until 9 p.m. Friday
A cold front will push across northwestern Minnesota Thursday. Behind this cold front northwestern winds will transport smoke from fires burning in southern Canada south across northern Minnesota.
Fine particle levels are expected to reach the Red AQI category, a level considered unhealthy for everyone, across far northern Minnesota today. This area includes Roseau, Baudette, and International Falls, and the tribal nation of Red Lake.
Fine particle levels are expected to reach the Orange AQI category, a level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, for north central, west central, and northwest Minnesota today. This area includes East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, Brainerd, Ortonville, Alexandria, and St. Cloud, and the tribal nations of Leech Lake and Mille Lacs.
People whose health is affected by unhealthy air quality
People who are more likely to be affected when fine particle pollution reaches an unhealthy level include:
- Those with asthma or other breathing conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- People who have heart disease or high blood pressure
- Children and older adults
- People of all ages who are doing extended or heavy, physical activity like playing sports or working outdoors
- People who don’t have air conditioning to reduce indoor air pollution