For a beautiful sunset, just add filth

It was a beautiful sunset last night.

The irony isn’t lost on us that the beauty of sunrises and sunsets often depends on filth — pollution and smoke, mostly.

This is one of those times.

“With northwest winds (Monday), the smoke was carried southeastward into the Northland,” the Weather Service reported online, according to the Duluth News Tribune. “The smoke is far up in the atmosphere and you may not even be able to smell it, but it is causing the yellowish hue to the sky.”

Smoke from the fires in Saskatchewan is heaviest over northern Minnesota…

… and it’s moving east.

Closer to the source, things aren’t so pretty. Residents in northern Saskatchewan are fleeing their homes in the path of the wildfires.