7-18-2017 Smoke from Canada wild fires visible (and can be smelled) in Brained MN
for current conditions http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/air/air-quality-and-pollutants/gene...
2-17-2017 fine particles can be seen in Brainerd MN MPCA reading for fine particles was 55 (moderate)
7-31-2016 fine particles/smoke could be seen in the air in Brainerd MN. Smoke could be smelled on Friday 7-29-2016 The MPCA measured the particles at 51in Brainerd which is moderate air quality 7-31-2016 11am
Earlier: 5-6-2016 smoke over Minnesota from Canada forest fires far away. red sunset past 2 nights
earlier 4-14-2016 red sunset
earlier measurements at Detroit lakes is unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Air quality was moderate in Brainerd, Twin Cities according to air quality index measurements at: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/air/air-quality-and-pollutants/gene...

earlier 1-24-2016 8pm air quality was moderate due to fine particle pollution.
Health precautions: limit outdoor activities & do more gentle exercises
precautions to reduce creating smog source EPA: You or your employer can help get rid of ozone-smog by taking the following actions: use public transportation, bike or walk whenever possible;
if you must drive, car pool and combine trips;
go to the gas station at night to cut down on gasoline vapors getting into the air during day light hours when the sun can cook the vapors and form ozone;
use less electricity - , turn out lights and computer screens when you're not using them;
avoid using gasoline powered engines, such as lawn mowers, chain saws, leaf or snow blowers on unhealthy air days. Use less heat (lower temp) and limit or use less fuel/wood burning in winter. In summer use air conditioning at a higher temp (running less often).
this is not medical advice.
8-31-2015 earlier (morning) Air quality was Moderate in Brainerd (probably Mille Lacs too) from smoke from wildfires in Western United States
air quality in the Twin Cities was measured at moderate at noon according to the air quality index.

"Moderate: Air quality is acceptable; however individuals who are very sensitive to air pollution may experience adverse health effects."

8-21-2015 smoke haze returning from wild fires in the western United States blowing into the MidWest

earlier Air quality in Brainerd Minnesota was moderate 7-10-2015 8pm and red sunset and haze could be seen again.

earlier Monday July 6 air in Brainerd and other parts of Minnesota was unhealthy .

"Unhealthy: Everyone may begin to experience adverse health effects and members of sensiitve groups may experience more serious health effects."

Unhealthy 151 to 200 People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion

Air quality in Brainerd is unhealthy for sensitive groups 7-4-2015 9am 126 particles PM2.5 11am 113particles PM2.5 12pm 109 particles

on 7-3-2015 was unhealthy: 162 particles PM2.5 7pm 157 particles PM2.5

Smoke from canada forest fires bad July 3 in Brainerd MN

Mon June 29 2015 Haze / red sunset could be seen in Brainerd Mn again from forest fires far away

on Monday June 8 2015 /Tuesday morning from Canada wild fires seen in Brainerd MN
How smoke from fires can affect your health http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index

June red sunset
July 3 Brainerd haze
August 21 2015 orange sky
August 21 2015 orange sky
red sun aug 21 2015