Holy Smokes - It's Wafted Here from Minnesota!

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Holy Smokes - It's Wafted Here from Minnesota!

I went out for a quick walk with my dog yesterday afternoon around 5:00 Hazy Chicagopm and a woman passed me by and asked "Do you smell smoke?"  Childhood allergies put an end to my nose pickup up anything less pungent than, say, skunk, so I had to admit that I didn't smell anything.

As I got back to my home, my neighbor, Winnetka Village President Jessica Tucker asked if I could smell "that nasty burning smell."  Well, something is clearly up, but I still couldn't smell it. Although by now, I realized I could actually see it

Last night's news confirmed that a wildfire 500 miles away in the Boundary Water Wilderness area of Minnesota (near the Canadian border) was the cause of the acrid burning smell.  The National Weather Service reported that a combination of northern winds and sinking air (?) brought the smell across the country to the greater Chicago area.  

This cloud of smoky air has moved in a straight southerly direction across the entire state of Wisconsin to northern Illinois.  The fire has been dubbed the Pagami Creek fire and was ignited by lightening.  It grew quickly from 11,000 acres to over 100,000 acres and is continuing to spread.

Elderly people and those with respiratory problems are encouraged to stay indoors and avoid physical outdoor activity.

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Margaret Goss - Winnetka and North Shore Real Estate Broker
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

"Sinking air" probably means cold air, since it's heavier than warmer air. 

Amazing, isn't it when we realize that we are not alone in our own little worlds but ban be affected by a fire 500 miles away.

I recall when Mt Helena blew.  We got ash from it in MD.

Sep 14, 2011 03:02 AM #1
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Margaret, I am so sad to hear this news!  We used to vacation back in the 60's near Ely, Minnesota in the Boundary Waters area.  Thanks for this info, I will have to check it out.

Sep 14, 2011 03:07 AM #2
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Lenn - we are definitely at the whim of nature

Bruce - it's also a popular spot for Boy Scouts

Sep 14, 2011 03:08 AM #3
Karen Winters, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

Hi Margaret,  I really didn't notice the haze until showing a condo on a higher floor last evening.  Later, I saw the news reports about the fires.  Hard to believe a fire that far away could affect our air quality so bad. 

Sep 14, 2011 09:16 AM #4
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

It was just awful in Schaumburg. In the morning I started to notice an electrical burning smell, then like a house fire. Looked it up on the internet & they told me about the forest fire.

Sep 14, 2011 01:25 PM #5
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Living on the edge of the NJ Pinelands we have our share of wildfire smoke...we're used to it and only concerned when the actual fire gets too close!

Oct 06, 2011 02:43 AM #6
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