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Smoke from Canadian fires causing haze in Grand Forks area

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The Grand Forks area will see a smoky haze from Canadian wildfires for the second time this summer, according to the National Weather Service.

An air quality advisory went into effect Wednesday afternoon in northwestern Minnesota after fires in British Columbia carried smoke to the region, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Barrett said. The advisory is scheduled until 10 a.m. Thursday, but Barrett said skies in the region may remain smoky until Saturday.

The high heat and low winds cause stagnant conditions that keep smoke particles lingering, he said. Temperatures Saturday are expected to peak at around 95 degrees, but a slight wind will help clear remaining haze from the area.

Barrett said the air will be generally be more hazy in the early morning and late evening, but the smoke is not expected to be severe.

About a month ago the region also saw a haze from Canadian wildfires, but Barrett said it was much more intense than current conditions.

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