Smoke pours into Montana, other northern states from Canadian fires

by Kristen Inbody and Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune

Even as northcentral Montana recovers from Memorial Day flooding, forest fire smoke threatens to turn our blue skies hazy.

“We’ll probably be seeing wildfire smoke most of the summer from the north,” Christian Cassell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Great Falls, said Tuesday as rainclouds finally dissipated.

Fires are burning east, north and west of Edmonton, Alberta.

On Friday morning, the air quality was listed as “Unhealthy for sensitive groups” in Great Falls and Lewistown, according to NWS Great Falls, meaning those with medical conditions as well as children and older adults should avoid prolonged exposure.

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