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Health officials monitor air quality as wildfires burn

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Jul 20 2013 07:41:18 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Smoke from the West Mullan Fire has made air quality unhealthy around Superior, and the smoke is creeping into the Missoula Valley. Air quality officials say this is just the beginning of what they expect to be a long and smoky fire season.

Health experts say Saturday’s warm temperatures have kept smoke up high, so people don’t have to breathe too much of it in, but experts say the Missoula area is going to see more smoke from a new start in Idaho, and the air quality could eventually be downgraded to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.”

Missoula health officials are warning people, that residents should be aware of how their body is reacting to smoke, and limit their exercise outdoors if they find they’re sensitive.