Air Pollution Advisory Issued for Western Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution advisory for parts of Minnesota. 

The agency says the advisory was prompted by a narrow plume of smoke from fires in Kansas and Nebraska. 

The areas affected include Mankato, Hutchinson, St. Cloud, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Bemidji, and Thief River Falls.  The health advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, when winds are expected ti bring cleaner air into the state. 

For now, the agency says fine particle pollution is in the air, which could pose a problem to at-risk populations, including people with cardiovascular or respiratory disease, the elderly and children. 

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