Wind caused smoke from a wildfire some 400 miles away in the northeastern woods of Minnesota to drift all the way to Northeastern Illinois, today, where it was spotted in Forest Park.
A robocall from the village informed residents that the smoke would likely continue to spread throughout the region and that locals should “expect hazy skies and a distinct burning odor.”
“The smoke will likely persist through the afternoon and into the overnight hours…before winds become more westerly in advance of another cold front which will approach early Wednesday morning,” according to a statement from the Chicago branch of the National Weather Service.
Residents with respiratory problems were warned to stay indoors, the robocall message said.
The wildfire originated in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, near Ely, Minn., on Aug. 18 after lightning struck a tree.
Fire Chief Steve Glinke said that the village has received a few calls from residents inquiring about the hazy, but nothing more.