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Wind brings smoke from fires up north over Grand Forks

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Wind brings smoke from fires up north over Grand Forks
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Smoke from a wildfire in northern Canada came through the Grand Forks region Thursday, though the impact has been limited, according to the National Weather Service.

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“I think the biggest impact is it filtered sun today and kept things a little bit cooler than they could’ve been,” said Vince Godon, a meteorologist in the agency’s Grand Forks office.

The high temperature in Grand Forks Thursday was 80 degrees.

Earlier, when the winds were different, the smoke went through an area between Minot, Bismarck and Valley City, N.D., and reduced visibility in some places to five or six miles, he said.

The smoke should be gone by this morning, he said. A cold front coming out of Montana will direct the smoke eastward, he said.

Canada’s Northwest Territories is undergoing one of its worst fire seasons ever, according to data from the country’s natural resources department. Some 300,000 hectares are on fire compared with the 10-year average of less than 75,000. A hectare is equal to about 2.5 acres. There are also ongoing fires in neighboring Alberta and British Columbia.

The Northwest Territories is more than 1,000 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

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Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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