Pagami Creek Forest Fire: National Weather Service Issues Special Weather Statement for “Smoke from Northeast Minnesota Wildfire Invading Wisconsin”

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
103 PM CDT TUE SEP 13 2011

WIZ046-047-051-052-057>060-063>066-068>072-140100-
MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-FOND DU LAC-SHEBOYGAN-COLUMBIA-DODGE-
WASHINGTON-OZAUKEE-DANE-JEFFERSON-WAUKESHA-MILWAUKEE-GREEN-ROCK-
WALWORTH-RACINE-KENOSHA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…MONTELLO…BERLIN…FOND DU LAC…
SHEBOYGAN…PORTAGE…WISCONSIN DELLS…BEAVER DAM…WEST BEND…
PORT WASHINGTON…MADISON…JEFFERSON…LAKE MILLS…WAUKESHA…
BROOKFIELD…MILWAUKEE…MONROE…JANESVILLE…BELOIT…ELKHORN…
LAKE GENEVA…RACINE…KENOSHA
103 PM CDT TUE SEP 13 2011

…SMOKE FROM NORTHEAST MINNESOTA WILDFIRE INVADING WISCONSIN…

SOUTHERN WISCONSIN IS EXPERIENCING THE EFFECTS OF SMOKE FROM THE
WILDFIRE BURNING IN THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA IN NORTHEAST
MINNESOTA. THE SMOKE IS BEING DISPERSED OVER WISCONSIN BY
NORTHERLY WINDS FLOWING AROUND A CENTER OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE
NORTHERN PLAINS. THE SMOKE WILL PERSIST FOR THE REST OF THE DAY
AND LIKELY INTO THE EVENING. EXPECT HAZY SKIES AND A DISTINCT
BURNING ODOR.

SOME RESIDENTS WISCONSIN HAVE REPORTED DIFFICULTY
BREATHING…IRRITATED EYES AND HEADACHES AS A RESULT OF THE SMOKE.
A WEATHER SPOTTER NEAR HARTFORD HAS REPORTED NOTICEABLE AMOUNTS OF
ASH BEING DEPOSITED ON CARS.

AIR QUALITY WILL LIKELY REMAIN UNHEALTHY AT TIMES IN PARTS OF
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. CHILDREN…ELDERLY
PEOPLE…INDIVIDUALS WITH RESPIRATORY AND CARDIAC PROBLEMS…OR
ANYONE ENGAGED IN STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR A PROLONGED
PERIOD OF TIME…SHOULD USE CAUTION.