Minnesota Wildfires

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Wildfire smoke in Minnesota: How to best protect your health and your home
Canada’s wildfire season is off to its worst start on record, and another air quality alert is in effect. Here’s what to know as smoky skies become more of a pattern than a novelty.
Favorable weather helping crews battling wildfire in Superior National Forest
Crews continued working Friday to fully contain a wildfire burning in the Superior National Forest in northeast Minnesota. The Fry Fire, which started Wednesday just north of Minnesota Highway 1, about four miles northwest of Isabella.
Air quality alert for southern Minnesota extended through 11 p.m. Monday
Smoke from Canadian wildfires continued to create hazy conditions across Minnesota on Monday morning. An air quality alert is in effect for southern Minnesota through 11 p.m.
How will Canada wildfires affect Minnesota air quality in 2024?
Drought, strong winds, warmer temperatures and a dry winter have created perfect conditions for a dangerous wildfire season — both here in Minnesota and across the border in Canada. Last summer, heavy smoke drifted south into Minnesota, causing a record number of air quality alerts.
Wildfires burn thousands of acres in southern, western Minnesota
Wildfires in southern and western Minnesota left at least three people injured and burned more than 3,000 acres Sunday amid warm weather, gusty winds and low humidity.
Minnesota braces for potentially severe wildfire season
More than 50 wildfires have already been reported in Minnesota this year. It is an early indication of what could become an especially active spring fire season after a historically warm and dry winter.
'Zombie fires' under snow raise concern for upcoming wildfire season
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildfire operations supervisor William Glesener explained how fires can burn under snow blankets and lead to a more active wildfire season.
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