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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:25 pm
by Wilberforce
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It’s never good to flunk something, but Helena did last week when the American Lung Association announced annual air quality grades.

The culprit here is wildfires. Wood stoves were also named as a problem, but city officials can have some control over wood smoke pollution. Not much we can do about some wildfire burning in Utah, Idaho or Nevada that pumps smoke into central Montana. Unfortunately, smoky summers are becoming too common. The reasons are debatable, but there’s no doubt that wildfires are burning larger and more intensely than ever. Perhaps this winter’s snowpack will help us catch a break from wildfire smoke this summer.

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