Wildfires that originated from Canada have slowly drifted south and is now affecting the Superior National Forest - the result has been smoke and alarming air quality levels for Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. In many parts of drought-stricken Minnesota the scent of smoke is noticed, along with darkened skies and reduced visibility. In the central part of the state the Air Quality Index has become particularly unhealthy.
13 firefighters from Connecticut have arrived in Minnesota in help in the situation. On Wednesday it was reported that actual fires have moved to within one mile of the U.S. border. Blistering hot temperatures in the 90's has exacerbated conditions this week.. There is a welcome weather system on its way that will bring rain and cooler temperatures for the weekend.