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Wildfire Smoke Causes Unhealthy Missoula Air Quality

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Missoula County health officials said smoke billowing into the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys improved today, but the air quality level is still hovering at "unhealthy" for some people.

Health officials said most of the smoke from the Idaho fires has remained above the valley floors, but the smoke could start to heavily impact the valleys if the fires persist.

They encourage the public to use visibility as a guideline to help gauge air quality at a given time and place, since air conditions can change rapidly throughout the day.

Ben Schmidt of the Missoula Co. Health Dept. said, "The biggest thing people can do is just to pay attention to their own bodies, there are going to be a lot of people, like adults, who are going to run around in levels of smoke like this -- it's not going to affect them that much, but other people are hypersensitive and those individuals are going to want to take precautions."

County health officials said most of the smoke is from the Gold Pan, Crescendo and Californian Point fires in Idaho.

To find out more about current air quality conditions, click here.

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