Wildfires bring smoke, poor air quality back to the Quad Cities

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Get ready for more marginally-poor air quality in the Quad Cities.

Yesterday, more than a million and a half acres were affected by wildfires with some 8 million burned since the beginning of the year. Montana has the most fires with little relief expected when it comes to higher humidity levels and rainfall.

Interactive map of the wildfires | Number of acres burned

Upper-level wind flow will blow the smoke east through much of Montana and the Dakotas. While most of it will continue along the U.S.-Canadian border, the smoke will drift south across Minnesota into Iowa.

The smoke may even make it unhealthy for a time in the next few days. We'll monitor the air quality for you. And you can do that on the Environmental Protection Agency's AIRNow website.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen