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Smoke From Northwest Fires Reach Gallatin Valley

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Wildfire season is in full swing, Missoula has been hit hard by smoke emanating from fires from the Pacific Northwest, and now the smoke is making its way south of the state to the Gallatin Valley.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
MSU student Susan McCarthy said she wasn't feeling 100% after she walked home from work on Thursday.

"So I got home and took a nap, but the window in my room was open. Because yesterday was a smokey day, I could see that the smoke could possibly get in my room," McCarthy said. "I took another nap and I did not feel any better."

Tim Roark, who is the Environmental Health Director of the Gallatin County Health Department, revealed signs that will tell you if you've been affected by poor air quality.

"More often, you'll know it by itchy eyes or dried up mucus membranes. Your nose runs a little bit. Your eyes usually burn. Those are the major issues," Roark said.

On a page entitled "Today's Air" on the website, the air in Bozeman was measuring very small particle size, but for the cumulative overall measurement, exposure was orange as of Friday afternoon, indicating the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Roark said it's not so much the general population who should be concerned.

"When you get increased smoke, the sensitive populations will develop issues," he added. "That's the very young, the very old and those with asthma and respiratory issues."

Health experts said that you should  listen to your body.  If you're a parent, monitor your child's outdoor activities and keep hydrated.



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