Once again today we are socked in with thick smoke. It comes from wildland fires miles away, but settles in our valley. Some days less, more often so thick that you can’t see a half a mile away. Today is another one of those days; visibility is less than a quarter of a mile, ash is falling and coating everything and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality says our air is very unhealthy. It is so bad in southwestern Montana that many outdoor activities have been canceled, including Friday night sports.
Like so many Montanans I am looking forward to winter. Not because I relish an early winter, but because most days this fall have been covered in smoke. In the snow and cold I can put on more clothing, but in air this smokey you can not really do anything but stay indoors. And like so many it quickly drives me nuts to be confined inside. So if my choice is smoke or snow I say bring on the snow!