Smoky Smell Explained

A fire burning in northern Minnesota is causing concern in Upper Michigan. The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls about the smoky smell in the air.

According to the Associated Press, the Pagami Creek forest fire is burning across more than 16,000 acres outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, MN. Lightning ignited the fire on August 18. According to the AP, the wildfire tripled in size over the weekend prompting evacuations in the area.

The National Weather Service reports that strong winds have blown the smoke over parts of Wisconsin, even reaching Green Bay. NWS also reports some parts of Wisconsin’s Northwoods could experience ash falling from the sky.