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Smoke covering Upper Peninsula is from Canadian fires

July 19, 2011

MARQUETTE - A layer of smoke covering the central and western Upper Peninsula is the result of forest fires in northern Ontario, Canada.

Although concerned citizens have been calling public safety officials regarding the smoke, no fires have been reported in the U.P., according to the Michigan State Police.

According to the CBC, there are over 100 active forest fires burning in northern Ontario, most considered out of control.

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This image from the National Weather Service shows the plume of smoke originating in Ontario, Canada, which was covering parts of the Upper Peninsula this afternoon.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources spotter planes have been flying throughout the morning today, checking the area for the source of the smoke. Pilots have reported seeing the smoke blowing across Lake Superior and over the Upper Peninsula.

For more on the story see Wednesday's print edition of The Mining Journal



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