News Releases: August 2018

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Monday, August 20, into Tuesday, August 21 Monday, August 20, 2018

The affected area includes the Ely, Hibbing, Duluth, Brainerd, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Marshall, and Mankato, and the tribal nations of Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Fond du Lac, and Mille Lacs.

Air quality alert issued for southern half of Minnesota due to wildfire smoke from Friday, Aug. 17 into Sunday, Aug. 19 Friday, August 17, 2018

This is in addition to the air quality alert already in effect for the northern half of the state and the affected area now includes the Twin Cities metro area, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud and the tribal nations of Upper Sioux and Prairie Island.  

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Thursday, Aug. 16 into Sunday, Aug. 19 Thursday, August 16, 2018

The affected area includes Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, Ely, and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, and Red Lake.

Land stewardship changes could spark water quality improvements in Lower Red Thursday, August 16, 2018

Excessive levels of bacteria, sediment, a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, and chloride, along with stressors causing poor fish and aquatic insect communities, contribute to impairments in this northwest Minnesota watershed.

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Friday, August 10 into Sunday, August 12 Friday, August 10, 2018

Smoke from wildfires in western Canada will continue to affect Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening and will spread eastward across northern Minnesota Friday evening, making air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Thursday, August 9 into Saturday, August 11 Thursday, August 9, 2018

The affected area includes the cities of Worthington, Marshall, Ortonville, Alexandria, Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Bemidji, and the tribal nations of Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Upper Sioux.

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Wednesday, August 8 into Thursday, August 9 Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The affected area includes the cities of Roseau, International Falls, East Grand Forks, Bemidji and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Red Lake and Leech Lake.