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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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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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Downtown Salt Lake City (Photo courtesy InfiniteWorld/Flickr)
Downtown Salt Lake City (Photo courtesy InfiniteWorld/Flickr)
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Worst Air in the West Region

The Missoula valley can have some bad air but Salt Lake City has got a real problem. A thick fog over the Salt Lake City area is making some people sick. It's prompted more than 100 local doctors to tell authorities to immediately lower highway speed limits, curb industrial activity and make mass transit free for the rest of the winter

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Missoula Valley (Photo courtesy Nick Dungeness/Flickr)
Missoula Valley (Photo courtesy Nick Dungeness/Flickr)
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Stage Two Alert Lingers

A Stage Two air alert continues for the Missoula airshed. A strong inversion continues to trap polluted air near the valley floor. An anticipated storm system should move into our area Wednesday evening bring with it some winds and snow

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photo courtesy of LH HOON/flickr.com
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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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photo courtesy of Ed Bierman/flickr.com
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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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Overheard: Bird #11 to Bird #12 - "I'd migrate if I could just see through this smoke!" (KLYQ Photo)
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Sawtooth Fire Continues Movement to the West

The smoke will not leave.

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photo courtesy of Ed Bierman/flickr.com
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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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The Sawtooth Fire on Downing Mountain west of Hamilton. Photo taken from US 93 north. (KLYQ Photo)
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Sawtooth Fire Update – 3pm Monday September 10

The fire grew rapidly in high winds.

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