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Smoke from N. Minnesota fires spreading across region

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Smoke from N. Minnesota fires spreading across region
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Smoke from the Ham Lake forest fire in the Arrowhead region of northern Minnesota is spreading across the region.

A forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen says that a cold front that went through the area last night is to blame.

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"The cold front brought with it northerly winds which is pushing the smoke south," said Karen Trammel.

Trammel said that the smoke is causing reduced visibility as far east as Wausau and Marshfield in Wisconsin. In Minnesota the smoke has extended as far south as the Rochester and Fairbault areas.

She added that in the NWS office in La Crosse, Wis., forecasters there say that they can smell the smoke, but that it isn't causing any visibility problems.

Trammel said that the smoke is not causing problems with air traffic.

"Things should probably get a little bit better by late tomorrow when our winds should shift predominately to the south," Trammel said. "We should be seeing some improvement by midday tomorrow."

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