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Stevensville drug store keeps face mask supply for forest fire smoke

By KECI Staff
Published On: Jul 31 2013 06:06:56 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 08:58:21 PM MDT
Stevensville drug store keeps supply of masks for forest fire smoke

The Gold Pan Fire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness reminds everybody  forest fire season is here.

Most the smoke from that fire, is settling south toward Salmon, Idaho.

But there's an evident haze hanging in the Bitterroot.

MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Gold Pan fire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area reminds everyone that it could be a long, smoke-filled summer.

Most of that smoke has settled south toward Salmon, Idaho. But there's an evident haze hanging in the Bitterroot.

The Bitterroot Valley has contended with smoke from forest fires before.

A Stevensville drug store always keep a supply of face masks to help people cope.

"From past experience," said Valley Drug & Variety owner Dan Severson, "we know we're going to need them. We know it's only July and I hope I'm wrong but it might get worse."

Severson said there's hardly been a run on smoke masks.

But the pharmacist said a number of customers have already come into his drug store complaining of breathing problems.