Smell Something Burning? Minnesota Forest Fire Causes Very Wide Area of Smoke and Haze

Pagami Creek Forest Fire of September 2011 Hits Jet Stream; Brings Haze and Smoke to Wisconsin and Illinois.

Palatine Fire Department, Palatine Rural Fire Department Rolling Meadows, and Arlington Heights Fire Department received reports of smoke and haze that also included a report of a burning electric or burning plastic smell.

An Arlington Heights police officer reported smoke and haze on the far south area of Arlington Heights. Arlington Heights Fire Department responded to a report of haze and smoke and odor near 800 West Central Road. Later the smoke smell was reported in Schaumburg as the smoke and haze gradually drifted south.


Buffalo Grove firefighter/paramedics reported the smoke conditions as they returned from Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The source of the odor, smoke and haze is reported to be a large forest fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota.


Video with still shots of Pagami Creek Fire September 2011.

Winds in northwest suburbs of Chicago are from the northwest. Northwest winds are also reported in Green Bay (with reduced visibility), Waukesha, Milwaukee and many other Wisconsin communities.

The remote smoke conditions were first reported in northwest Wisconsin, then the Milwaukee area, and then northern Illinois.

A Special weather statement has been issued for the Wisconsin cities of FonDu Lac, Sheboygan, Marquette, Green Lake, Millwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Lake Geneva, Janesville, Beloit, Elkhorn, Waukesha, Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Portage and more.

Superior National Forest officials reported that the fire, known as the Pagami Creek Fire, made an unprecedented 16-mile run eastward on Monday near Ely, Minnesota.


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Map of Ely, Minnesota and Superior National Forest

See also Wundermap Interactive Map of Active Forest Fires in the United States and Canada featured by The Cardinal — Arlingtoncardinal.com here …

Weather Underground Smoke Coverage Map of Pagami Creek/Superior National Forest Preserve, Minnesota Forest Fire Affecting Wisconsin & Illinois

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1 Comment

  1. We live near the Rolling Meadows HS & have been smelling smoke all morning. Now (3:00 PM), we can see a smoky haze down Meadow and south towards Central Rd. Is it possible this isn’t from the Minn. fires, but something else? That seems hard to believe that it could be from MN!

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