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Wildfires, Heat Spark Air Alert

Wildfires, Heat Spark Air Alert Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Sep 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI/AP) - An air quality alert has been issued for the St. Cloud area.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a combination of smoke from Western wildfires, high temperatures, and sunshine will erode the air quality.

The alert means air quality will be at an unhealthy level from noon to 8 pm on Thursday.

The worst conditions will be in St. Cloud, the Twin Cities area, Hinckley and the tribal nation of Mille Lacs.

State health officials say young children, the elderly, and people with respiratory issues should stay inside.

Officials recommend reducing air polluting activities such as lawn mowing, lighting backyard fires, and driving.

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