Northwest Montana continues with worst air quality in the state

Posted at 8:16 AM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 10:16:30-04

LIBBY – Northwest Montana can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to bad air, as fire smoke continues to pour into the area.

While smoke has been a problem through the Flathead at times for the past few weeks, Lincoln County is being bombarded with fire smoke, leading to another day with "unhealthy" air quality in Libby. 

Although some of the smoke is being generated from the fires burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the bulk of the bad air is coming from regional fires, especially ones burning across the border in British Columbia.

Lincoln County authorities were once more warning people about the unhealthy air on Thursday. 

The smoke was varied throughout the day in Libby. But as winds picked up through the afternoon blowing upriver, smoke in Troy was especially bad, starting to climb in the late afternoon.

In fact, during the overnight hours, the smoke has been pushing air quality close to "very unhealthy".  The forecast is for some improvement on Friday as more wind pushes into the region, helping with clearing.