Superior residents, you can go home now. And residents of western Duluth neighborhoods, you can leave your homes.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine this morning lifted the evacuation order for residents who were ordered to leave because of the Thursday fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery.
"People can comfortably go to their own homes," Paine said in a statement released shortly after 6 a.m. "Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we dealt with this very unfortunate situation."
Duluth officials this morning also lifted the "shelter in place'' order for western neighborhoods that had been imposed late Thursday for the possibility of the smoke plume blowing across the harbor. That never happened.
The U.S. Coast Guard this morning also lifted its precautionary closure of the Superior harbor and Superior Entry at Lake Superior, which had been ordered Thursday due to the potentially toxic nature of the smoke plume from the refinery fire.
"All indications are that the refinery site is safe and stable and the air quality is clean and normal," Paine wrote on Facebook.
Please check back for updates as the News Tribune continues to monitor and investigate Thursday's refinery explosions and fires.