Officials in Minnesota extended an air quality alert until August 3, as wildfire smoke descended on the state, leaving the Twin Cities cloaked in a murky haze over the weekend.
Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency said the smoke, blown from fires burning in Canada, would intensify and worsen in the state over the weekend.
This footage, taken in Saint Paul on July 31 by Natalie McGuire, shows smoke along the Mississippi River, reducing visibility towards buildings downtown.
Amid drought conditions, Minnesota is itself at risk of forest fires, and authorities have implemented burning restrictions across the state. Credit: Natalie McGuire via Storyful