Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms
More than a million acres of Montana forests and rangeland have burned this year, so far, causing unhealthy air across the state since mid-July.
In August the Missoula County health department took the unprecedented step of advising the entire town of Seeley Lake to evacuate due to smoke; air there has been classified as "hazardous" levels for 35 days in August 1.
Now that fire season has extended into the school year, many western Montana schools have been keeping kids inside because of heavy smoke. But that doesn't mean they're breathing clean air. Some community partnerships are springing up to try to get air filters into more classrooms.