More wildfire smoke headed for Minnesota's skies - and could keep coming all summer


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

A couple watched the sun set over Crystal Lake Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Sunset Park in Robbinsdale.

An early outbreak of Canadian wildfires will send another wave of smoke over Minnesota from Wednesday night through Thursday, with the potential to reduce air quality, according to a forecaster with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

David Brown, a meteorologist who tracks air quality for the agency, said similar events could unfold all summer long - and people who plan to head outside should keep a close watch on forecasts for cold fronts moving in from the north that could bring more lung-irritating pollution.

MPCA has issued forecasts of summer wildfire smoke for the past two years, since the extreme conditions two years ago. In July 2021, so much pollution wafted over Minnesota's skies that the air in Brainerd and St. Cloud was briefly dangerous for anyone breathing it.


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