Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Smoke Haze Covers Miller Park Stadium And Downtown Milwaukee Skyline

Photos: HNG

Smoke clouds blown into the Milwaukee area from Northeast Minnesota.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 13, 2011

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, heavy smoke haze from the Pagami Creek fire in Minnesota covered most of the Miller Park Stadium and Mitchell International Airport. The smoke haze created a two mile visibility in Milwaukee and the haze has settle for most of Wisconsin.
The City of Milwaukee skyline was covered with a smoke haze and is expected to continue for Wednesday as well. People with respiratory problems were being warned to wear masks or stay indoors, by health officials.
Stadium officials decided to close the roof to keep most of the smoke from getting inside while a scheduled game starts later today. The closed roof will keep baseball players and fans from inhaling it, according to officials.
The Pagami Creek fire began burning in an isolated remote area on August 18 and has burned 7,000 acres. Firefighters are having a difficult time getting into a remote area in the woods to control it and expect rain or snow to put it out.
The heavy smoke was blown into Wisconsin by a NW wind and will remain in the area until Wednesday. The winds are expected to change in the North direction by Thursday clearing the smoke, according to weather forecasters.

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