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photo by Peter Christian
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Forest Fires Reduce Air Quality [AUDIO]

Fires in Idaho and as far away as Oregon, California and Canada are bringing smoke into the Missoula valley and reducing air quality to near unhealthy levels for sensitive groups.

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smoky haze
photo from Missoula Health Department
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Smoke Pours Into Missoula Valley From Washington Fires – Lowers Temperatures [AUDIO]

The red sun hanging over the Missoula valley is proof positive that heavy smoke from Washington and Oregon fires has poured into the area over the past few days.

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air quality
Photo courtesy of mt.gov
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New Montana Air Quality Map Shows Hour-by-Hour Smoke Levels

smoky air
photo courtesy of Ed Bierman/flickr
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UPDATE – Stage One Alert Cancelled for Missoula Valley [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15

The Stage One Air Alert for Missoula was cancelled by the Missoula City County Health Department. The air quality is now rated good to moderate for the Missoula valley.

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smoky sky
photo by Peter Christian
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Missoula Air Quality Worsening With Weather Inversion [AUDIO]

Missoula's air quality is deteriorating because of an inversion that is trapping air down near the valley floor and may be approaching a level at which sensitive groups could be affected.

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Lolo Creek Fire
Photo courtesy of Missoula County Sheriff's Office Facebook page
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Health Department – Lolo Creek Fire Smoke Effects May Worsen Over Time – Now Hazardous in Lolo [AUDIO]

Smoke from the Lolo Creek Complex Fire has been drifting into the Missoula Valley since the two separate fires, the Schoolhouse and West Fork II, started over the weekend.

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Bitterroot Valley haze
Stagnant air in the valley. (KLYQ Photo)
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Western Montana Inversion Causes Air Quality Warnings

A week of high pressure over the top of the valleys of Western Montana has caused fog, freezing fog and hazy conditions.

The air quality has deteriorated enough that Missoula (the hub of 5 valleys)has issued daily Stage 1 and Stage 2 Air Quality Alerts

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chimney smoke
photo courtesy of LH HOON/flickr.com
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Missoula Air Quality Panel Thursday Evening [AUDIO]

A panel presented by the American Lung Association on Missoula's air quality will be held Thursday evening in the city council chambers from 7 to 9 p.m.

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smoke october 10
At 2 p.m. Oct. 10, east of Victor along the East Side Highway, the smoke hides the mountains and shrouds the trees. (KLYQ Photo)
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No Rain and Large Forest Fires Equals Lots of Smoke

You can't see very far in the Bitterroot Valley.

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Moe Fire
A smoky photo of the Moe Fire last week. (USFS Photo)
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Here It Comes Again – Western Montana Fills with Smoke

Without rain and wind, this is what we get.

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