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By Sarah Coefield
Air Quality Specialist, Missoula City-County Health Department 

Tips to clean indoor air, stay healthy this wildfire season

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Mason Dow, Climate Smart Missoula

Sarah Coefield, air quality specialist with the Missoula City-County Health Department (left) and Amy Cilimburg, executive director of Climate Smart Missoula (right), model a DIY fan/filter combo and a HEPA PAC.

It's Wildfire Smoke Ready Week in Missoula County! I know - after such a cool start to the season, it's challenging to shift gears and start thinking about wildfires. But this week of warm, sunny days is ushering us closer to our traditional wildfire season in Western Montana and that means smoke.

Smoke season in our area spans late July through early September. Happily, it is rarely smoky during that entire period but even a week or two of smoke can be a major bummer. In addition to obscuring our mountain views and sweet summer air, wildfire smoke is a serious health concern. It causes de...

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