TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – A smoky odor in parts of northern Michigan may have caused people to think there was a forest fire nearby. In fact, the fire was hundreds of miles away in northern Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says northwesterly winds from a cool front that blew in Monday night brought smoke from a fire that’s been burning nearly a month in the Boundary Waters wilderness area of Minnesota. The fire was ignited by a lightning strike Aug. 18 and has grown to about 60,000 acres.

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Forecaster Mike Boguth of the weather service office in Gaylord said Tuesday the smell was strong in his area. It also was noticeable in Traverse City.

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In the Marquette area, the weather service reported ash falling from the sky and reduced visibility in some places.

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