Smoke From Northwestern Fires Visible Along Iron Range

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Courtesy of MNICS.org

A picture of fire suppression efforts of the North Minnie Wildfire in Northwestern Minnesota.

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM CDT

Bemidji, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Residents across Northern Minnesota may notice smoke in the sky due to fires burning in the Northwestern part of the state.

According to the Minnesota DNR, residents in Bemidji, Deer River, Grand Rapids, Orr, Cook, Virginia, Hibbing, Tower and into Canada have reported smoke in the sky.

The smoke from the fires near Karlstad, MN are being carried by strong winds and is being held close to the ground by inversion.

The inversion is expected to lift by mid-day, but residents across northern Minnesota may continue to see some smoke until fires are extinguished.

Fire danger remains extreme to very high for much of Minnesota and residents are urged to obey all fire restrictions. Persons who witness an actual fire should reported it immediately by calling 911.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommends that people living in areas where the smell of smoke or visible haze is present, take precautions to reduce exposure.

When smoke is present, people are encouraged to remain indoors and decrease activity levels.

Those with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory problems, such as asthma, are more susceptible to increase in air pollution as are the elderly and children.

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