Remember those Ontario fires we posted about back on July 19? Well they're apparantly still burning. Yesterday the wind was low and the humidity was high. Ely smelled like we were on the edge of something big and red. It was just the combination of conditions, though. From the Forest Service:
Smoke Reports from August 3, 2011
CAUSE: Smoke is rolling south from large wildfires in Ontario, Canada.
AGENCY: Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District
STATUS: We have a fire patrol over our area now and the pilot can see the smoke moving down across the international border. Winds are calm and the humidity is high, keeping the smoke low and heavy.
SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke is very widespread across northeastern Minnesota.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Smoke in the Ely YESTERDAY August 3rd Area NOT FROM BWCAW
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