Air Quality Alert Map, June 14, 2023. Image courtesy Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert  for southern Minnesota until Friday morning, due to smoky conditions.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires moved into northern and central Minnesota Wednesday morning, according to the MPCA, and will continue to move south. Shifting winds are expected to leave lingering smoke in most of southern Minnesota Thursday, with smoke levels dissipating Friday.

The MPCA says air quality will reach the Orange category, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Orange air quality is unhealthy for people with heart or lung disease, or those who have cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.