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Posted on: September 13, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Smoke from Wildfire in Minnesota Impacting Northern Illinois

Kane County’s Emergency Management Center issued a special weather alert after smoke from a large wildfire in Minnesota began to move into far northern Illinois this afternoon.

“There is no cause for alarm since the fire is more than 400 miles northwest of Illinois,” said Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy. “But people should be aware that they can expect hazy skies and a distinct burning odor in the air.”

People in Lake County are reporting difficulty breathing and a burning sensation in their eyes.

“People with respiratory problems should take precautions and remain inside as the smoke moves through our area,” said Fahy. “The smoke is expected to continue throughout the evening hours.”

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