Currently, China and India have cleaner air than we do. Wildfire smoke got serious this weekend and Montana has some of the worst air quality on the entire planet right now when it comes to particulate matter. It's unhealthy in dozens of locations across the state.
We've become used to the fire season Air Quality Alerts during the summer across Montana. The terrible wildfires of the last few seasons have made them a common occurrence. However, parts of Montana are susceptible to Air Stagnation Alerts during the WINTER, stemming mostly from wood-burning stove usage.
Missoula County Sheriff's deputies were blanketing the county on Tuesday issuing evacuation warnings to residents near the Lolo Creek Fire, The Rice Ridge Fire and the Sapphire Complex near Rock Creek.