Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:58 AM by KPAX News Staff
MISSOULA- The smoky haze that has settled in parts of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys is coming from wildfires burning in Idaho.
The bulk of the haze is being caused by the more than 270,000 acres that have burned in Idaho from three different fires, making it difficult to breathe and even see in some places.
Officials say the thunderstorms and gusty winds forecast for Wednesday could spread the fires faster and further.
The air quality as of Wednesday morning was considered "good" in Missoula, but it was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" in the Frenchtown and Hamilton areas.
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