The heat and the haze continue for the entire state of Montana this week. Air Quality Index numbers certainly fluctuate but at this point we're fluctuating between levels of 'bad'. Where are the hot spots today for poor air quality?
Wildfire smoke has absolutely saturated the state of Montana. Missoula, Butte, Helena and Bozeman all have some of the worst air quality numbers in the entire United States, with some AQI numbers ranking worse than Jakarta, Indonesia or Delhi, India. That's really bad.
University of Montana Associate Professor of Fire Ecology Phillip Higuera has released a new study linking the effects of long term climate change on this past summer’s devastating fire season along the west coast.
With the Magpie Rock Fire burning over 2,000 acres in Sanders County and several other smaller fires burning in the Mission and Flathead areas, smoke is making its way into the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys.