Smoke from Minnesota wildfires carries across Wisconsin
TINA L. SCOTT
Merrill residents weren’t the only ones to go outdoors on Thursday, Aug. 26, and question what was on fire. Hazy smoke filled the air, and the odor of something burning led residents to question if their neighbors’ homes were on fire or if there was a nearby fire out of their line of vision. Some even went for a drive to try to figure out what was burning. Others called news outlets or local authorities.
Nothing in our area was burning.
The smoke and smell in our area was wildfire smoke in the atmosphere coming from the Greenwood fire in Northeastern Minnesota and fires in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The DNR issued an Air Quality Advisory for much of northern Wisconsin, including Lincoln, Marathon, Langlade, and Wood Counties, from early Thursday morning until 12:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27, advising air was expected to be in the UNHEALTHY category from Thursday morning until early afternoon.
Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems are the most susceptible to breathing problems and should avoid strenuous activities outside when air quality is unhealthy, according to the DNR.
Air quality improved in our area as winds blew the smoke out of the area, and rain on Thursday helped clear the air.