Montana wildfires lowering the air quality

KREM 2's Danamarie McNicholl Carter looks at the fires in Montana and checks the social media reaction to them.

SPOKANE, Wash --- A dry and windy summer has led to dozens of wildfires burning across Montana.

Over half a million acres have burned in the Montana firestorm. People living in Missoula took to social media expressing their concerns of the smoky conditions.

Portions of Montana’s Glacier National Park were evacuated, forcing tourists and campers to move out of the popular Labor Day destination. The fire there has grown to over 9,000 acres and recently destroyed the park’s century-old Sperry Chalet.

The Rice Ridge fire doubled in size last night, and is burning over 100,000 acres. 700 crews from around the country are vigilantly fighting that blaze according to fire information officer Mark Vosburgh.

The air quality issued as of six p.m. on Labor Day by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality showed most of western Montana as being in the “Unhealthy” range.

This means active children and adults plus people with respiratory diseases should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion. It is recommended that everyone should limit their outdoor exertions while the air quality is this bad.

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