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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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Saturday Missoula Air Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups [AUDIO]

As of 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, the Missoula City County Health Department said the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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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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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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The sun sets next to the smoke column from the Sawtooth Fire Friday, Sept 28. (KLYQ Photo)
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Yes, the Sawtooth Fire is Still There

A glance at the Sawtooth Fire Friday at sunset.

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Work on mop-up on the Sawtooth firelines. (USFS Photo)
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Sawtooth Fire Settles Down

The Sawtooth Fire continues moving west.

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Missoula Air Quality Unhealthy [AUDIO]

As anyone who has spent any time outside on Monday, it's immediately apparent that wildfire smoke is especially bad in the Missoula valley.

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Smoke fills the valleys around the Mustang Fire south of the Bitterroot Valley. (USFS Photo)
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Air Quality Gets Worse – No Relief

The hourly particulate count at the Ravalli County Courthouse monitor in Hamilton reached "Hazardous" during a short time early this morning. It has gone back "Very Unhealthy" in the hourly counts, and the cumulative 8-hour and 24-counts remain in the "Hazardous" levels

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Missoula Air Quality Unhealthy for Saturday [AUDIO]

The Missoula City County Health Department's website says when visibility gets down to 1.3 miles because of wildfire smoke, the air quality rating moves to 'hazardous'. At 5 a.m., The National Weather Service rated visibility at 3 miles.

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