Unhealthy Haze 15 Sep 11

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency urges those who live near or downwind of the Pagami Creek fire in northeastern Minnesota to take precautions to reduce exposure if the smell of smoke or haze is present.

When smoke is present, individuals are encouraged to remain indoors and reduce their activity levels. Those with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory problems, such as asthma, are particularly susceptible to increases in air pollution, as are the elderly and children.

Although the MPCA is unable to identify exact locations where smoke may reach levels of health concern, it encourages citizens to take precautions if they detect smoke in the area. The M-P-C-A will continue to monitor hourly pollution concentrations at the existing sites in Duluth, Ely and Grand Portage, and will be deploying additional temporary monitors along the North Shore.