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Minnesota's skies are hazy Thursday because of Canada wildfires

Smoke from large wildfires is being blown through the state.

Look up today and you're likely to notice a hazy sky over Minnesota.

The cause - as is often the case - is smoke from wildfires currently burning up in Canada, the National Weather Service Twin Cities explains.

States across the northern border including Washington, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota have also seen hazy skies in recent days.

Western Canada is dealing with extremely dangerous fire conditions, particularly across the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to Canada's Wildfire Information System. Mandatory evacuations were issued for some communities in northern Alberta, CTV News reported Wednesday, and firefighters are working to control the blaze.

The largest is the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire, which on Tuesday was covering 321,000 acres, the Great Falls Tribune said.

Here in Minnesota, expect hazy skies through the day - but the weather service is not expecting it to impact air quality, saying the smoke should remain elevated.

And the National Weather Service points out, the haze "should make for a nice sunrise/sunset!"

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